Dec 14, 2016   Bellingham Quaker E-News 
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Sunday, December 18, 2016
Silent Worship: 10 AM Worship

Second Hour: Intergenerational Holiday sharing and finger-food potluck - See suggested Queries in OWC announcement box below
Location:  1701 Ellis St.  Map

Friendly Tasks for Meeting 

Care of Meeting: Mary Ann P
Key / setup: Karen S
Setup Helper: Lorina H
Greeter: Don G
Snack: Margaret H
Kitchen setup: Sharon T
Kitchen setup Help: vacant
Kitchen cleanup: vacant
Kitchen cleanup Help: Virginia H
Children's teacher: Aurora Fox

Upcoming Second Hours:

Dec 25 - Social Time

Jan 1 - Potluck

Jan 8  MFWFB

Jan 15  Spiritual Journey talk (Steve Vanderstaay)

Jan 22   OWC “How We Came to Quakerism” by Kathy Long

Calendar for Bellingham Friends
Friendly Listening Group
Date TBA
Terra Organica, 1530 Cornwall Ave.
Contact Dusty Andersen or Lynne Lohr for more information.

Wed. Dec. 14, 7-9 PM Tonight
Special Singing Midweek Worship on the occasion of singing holiday songs
at Mary Ann P's home
Please come and bring your best (in and out of tune) voice, musical instruments, favorite Christmas carol books, and joyful spirits!

Thurs, Jan 12, 7 - 9 PM
Spirit Group

at Larry T.'s home
See Spirit Group Announcement below for link to readings and more information. 

Query for December
from NPYM Faith and Practice, p. 45

“As we work for peace in the world are we nourished by peace within ourselves?” 

Bellingham Friends Announcements
Announcements From Committees and Representatives
Children's Program Committee

WISH LIST! Friends asked for a Christmas "wish list" to make our program more wonderful. We've already received several building toys, including Duplos, and a wooden puzzle, for the 2-4 age group! Thank you SO MUCH! Still on the list: 1. Ages 2-4: set of simple dolls, or gift card so we can select. 2. Ages 6-10: Building toy; maybe with magnets?, set of small animal figures,  30-80 piece puzzle. 3. Supplies: Michael's or Fred Meyer gift cards.  4. Suggestion from Virginia: From Nat'l Wildlife Federation: Set of 2 games: Animal Tracks & Wildlife Bingo, NWF3683 $29.99, 1-800-756-3752. Reminder: Storage is limited. Small is beautiful!
KID-SPACE at Explorations: Children's Program is in the classroom off the hallway near the bathrooms. SNACK: Children's snacks are in the Hospitality cabinet.

NEW OPPORTUNITY on our teacher team:  adults can "support person" for Anna Row when she teaches in the new year. Contact Virginia to sign up. The team: Dave (Anna backup); Dusty Andersen; Rob Dillard; Susan Richardson; Rachel VanBoven; Eric Bablinskas; Kristen McLewin, Jessica Bee, Aurora Fox and Virginia Herrick. Substitutes: Sharon Trent, John Hatten, and Dorothy DeFremery. Thank you all!
Art Days with Aurora: Check the schedule here! Once a month, Aurora  leads an art-only program, a practicum in the testimony of Community.

Dec. 18 - Aurora art project: Old (used) Christmas cards needed! 2nd hour: all-ages holiday celebration.
Dec. 25 - Christmas Morning Sunday: We have not heard of any families planning to attend, so no plans for Children's Program. Anna and Dora have the day off, too!
 Jan. 1 - Virginia
Jan. 8 - Jessica

Outreach and Welcoming Committee

The Outreach and Welcoming Committee will be coordinating the Intergenerational Holiday Sharing 2nd Hour on December 18th. Contact Wendy Goldstein (360-224-0980 or to have your contribution (poetry, music, storytelling, or whatever) added to the schedule, which will also include an intergenerational sharing activity for the whole group, with the following suggested queries (each Friend can select one to respond to):
  1. Some gifts are more meaningful, and thus have a greater impact on our lives, than others.  Please share about a meaningful gift that you have received and how it impacted your life.
Some people shop for gifts (or make gifts) when a special occasion, such as Christmas or a birthday, approaches, while others are inspired by the intended recipient even if there is no special occasion coming.  Which of these patterns is more typical of you, and what do you think that says about you? 
  3. If you could choose just one gift to give at Christmas time this year, who (or what) would be the recipient and what kind of gift would it be? 

There will also be a finger-food potluck so that we can enjoy holiday treats and snacks in the library during the second-hour time from about 11:30 am until 1 pm. 

Our documents,"Regular Bellingham Friends Meeting Activities and How to Learn More About Them" (recently updated) 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, January 7th.  All Friends are welcome but please contact clerk Don Goldstein (671-1395 or if you will be joining us.
Spirit Group Announcement
Next meeting:  
Thurs, Jan. 12 , 7 - 9 PM

Friends, please click here to read and/or print the draft of the revised Chapter 4 of NPYM's new "Faith and Practice" which the Spirit Group will continue to 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. ) 
The group will discuss pages 27-38 (remainder of material) in chapter 4 of the draft revision of NPYM's "Faith and Practice"
Social and Environmental Concerns Committee 

December Concern of the Month:  Bellingham YWCA

THANK YOU FRIENDS.  You have collectively donated $115 to the help the YWCA continue its critical work housing and providing services for homeless women.  YWCA is experiencing a dramatic drop in funding largely as a result of changes in the distribution from the United Way.  As always, Friends who wish to donate more to organizations featured in our concern of the month are encouraged to do so.  

Standing Rock Update

Forgiveness Ceremony Unites Veterans And Natives At Standing Rock Casino

Also, Friends - A Heads- Up:   
‘It’s Standing Rock North’: Trans Mountain pipeline in Canada stirs strong opposition
Kinder Morgan expansion approval means more tanker traffic in Salish Sea

Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
Supporting Spirit-led action in the weeks and months ahead!
URGENT! Health insurance legislative alert!
President-elect Trump and congressional leaders have said their first legislative priority is to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which will put at risk health care for 20 – 30 million Americans. We hear Congress will start this process the first week in January.

Take two minutes to email your senators and representative today - Urge them not to repeal the Affordable Care Act without first ensuring there is a responsible and comprehensive replacement simultaneously enacted in the same legislation.

Webinar on threats to health care this Friday, 12/16 at 9 am PST
Hosted by the Coalition on Human Needs
 Sign up here for this special webinar

Also in the news this week:
  • Pentagon Spending: The Washington Post revealed an internal Pentagon report that details excessive, wasteful military spending and proposes $125 billion in savings over five years. The report shows Congress should be cutting waste in the Pentagon, not proceeding with a plan to provide it $9 billion more in 2017.
  • The Fading American Dream: A new study and graphic slideshow confirm there's less economic mobility in America than there was a generation ago-- "fewer people are benefiting from any new income being generated."
Sentencing Reform! A call for national action in December:
Sentencing Reform Legislation to change our criminal justice laws is still possible IF Congress focuses now on bipartisan agreement. For the thousands of people in federal prison on lengthy, unjust sentences, we can’t wait. FCNL is asking the entire national network to meet with members of Congress in your home district in December.
If you are interested in joining our local Advocacy Team (we meet once a month to plan how to lobby our senators and Rep. Rick Larsen, in concert with other FCNL teams nationwide) contact Virginia Herrick
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: Friday January 13, 10 am.
Videos and Podcasts for the Quaker Soul

Click on the images to view or cut and paste the link below the image into your browser.  

Wesley Clark Jr asks for forgiveness from Leonard Crow Dog




Listening to the World
Mary Oliver reads a selection of her poems.
» "Wild Geese"
» "I Happened to Be Standing"
» "The Fourth Sign of the Zodiac"
» "The First Time Percy Came Back"
» "Franz Marc's Blue Horses"


FGC via Quaker Books has compiled several reading lists that may
be of interest to Friends.   
Here is the link

The most recent list they sent out is re: Quaker spiritual deepening:


Announcements of Events/Opportunities
in the 
Wider Community


Racial Environmental Justice event
sponsored by
Black Lives Matter Bellingham

Wednesday, 12/14, 6:30-8:30 PM
First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave, Bham

"Join us on December 14 to talk about the continual fight for racial environmental justice. Flint still doesn't have clean drinking water.  Protectors are fighting for water at Standing Rock. Pipelines are breaking. All without mass media coverage, and mostly in communities of color. With our new President-elect, things are looking pretty grim (in every way, but especially on the environmental AND racism front), and will continue to. It's going to have to be community organizers and members who step up to help fix this mess. We need to come together, get informed, discuss strategies, figure out how to help, and then do it.

This is so important and not only is important for us, but for the next generation. Please feel free to bring your families!

This is a safe space for LGBTQ+ and people of color. Gender neutral bathrooms are provided (but downstairs).  If you are white, please be aware of the space you are taking up, and make sure that you are listening more than you are speaking, unless asked otherwise. If you don't respect these rules and guidelines, you will be asked to leave.  Contact Black Lives Matter if you need any accommodations.


This is shared by La Jolla Meeting - it is a sign created by the Mennonite Comunity

Join with Immanuel Mennonite Church and print your own yard sign. Download yours here:


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
Dec 18th -  watch this space for location


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.

Looking Ahead to Wider Quaker Gatherings

PNQM Silent Retreat
Camp Huston, Gold Bar, Washington
January 20-23, 2017
(with optional extension to Jan. 24)

Reach more profound depths in the Silence of Quaker worship,
deeper communion with your authentic self,
your spiritual community and the Divine. 

For information, click here or  contact Bill Ames at, or at the following: 

Bill Ames
610 NW 70th St.
Seattle, WA 98117

General Meetings - Quarterly and Yearly Meetings and The Gathering


Spring 2017 Quarterly Meeting Session
April 21-23

PNQM meets in the Fall and Spring of each year at the Lazy F Camp near Ellensburg
in Central Washington. The program begins on Friday evening and ends with lunch on Sunday.
Responsibility for planning rotates among the Monthly Meetings of the Quarter. 
Registration information should be available in February
For more information, contact Don Goldstein ( or click here.


Quaker special events, retreats, workshops, conferences, etc.
Announcements / Opportunities from Other Quaker Groups

On-line Course Offering
We Were Made for this Moment

In this time of tumult, fear, and hatred, the world needs the gifts that you were born to share. You may not be sure where to use them. You may not know how to use them to greatest effect, or even if you can make a difference at all, but you know you need to do something to work for a more just and loving world. You are not alone! The purpose of this online course is to help you to meet this moment.

What is unique about this course is that it will blend three types of teaching: social change theory, spiritual discernment, and personal empowerment. For example, you will learn about different social change roles and what makes them effective. Then you will practice the tools of inward listening to access the wisdom already within you about what role you are meant to play. Finally, you will explore what gets you stuck and learn tools to help you take action even when you are afraid. These three types of teaching will be woven together in each lesson, accessing our hearts, minds, and spirits for the work of creating a more just and sustainable world. Recordings of the class sessions will be available in case you can’t make every one.

The course will take place the five Mondays of January from 7:30 until 9:00pm EST. That’s January 2 to January 30. It is $50 for five weeks, $30 if you register by December 6 or if you recruit a friend to take the course with you.

Click here to register and to read more about the course

Eileen Flanagan is a board member of Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT)


Musical growth and personal development 

in a caring, inclusive community informed by Quaker values.  

Join us for FMC 2017! 
July 9 -  August 6, 2017 


Enrollment is open to all young people ages 10 to 18.

Prospective campers should have at least one year of lessons on their chosen instrument, or one year of experience in a school orchestra, band or choir program.  Scholarships are available.

Friends Music Camp is held on the campus of Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.

For more information about Friends Music Camp, click here

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:

Pendle Hill Online Course  -  January 9, 2017 - April 2, 2017

Winter 2017: Exploring the Quaker Way

"Our Life is Love" book coverThis course, taught by Marcelle Martin and assisted by Steve Chase, runs from January 9 through April 2. “Exploring the Quaker Way” is for seekers, attenders, and interested members of Friends meetings who want to: 1) deepen their understanding of the “unprogrammed” Quaker tradition; 2) better understand the spiritual journey common among early and current Friends; 3) reflect on their own spiritual journeys within this simple, radical, and contemporary spiritual path; and 4) become more familiar with key elements of fostering vibrant and caring Quaker communities. It is designed for people who want to explore these themes through personal reflection, focused study, and deep dialog within a lively learning community gently guided by seasoned Quaker educators and several guest presenters.

>>> Click here for more information <<<


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.  


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


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 PT

Come when you can, leave when you must.
Click here to enter "Family Room" for worship

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