July 20, 2016   Bellingham Quaker E-News
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Sunday, July 24, 2016
Silent Worship: 10 AM Worship
Second Hour:Meeting for Worship with attention to business

Explorations Academy 1701 Ellis St Click here for a  Map
Committee Clerks and Friends,
Please send reports and member concerns to the Clerk and recording clerk by Thursday evening so that they can be circulated prior to MfWfB.

Friendly Tasks for Meeting 

Care of Meeting: John H
Key / setup:  Wendy G    
Setup Helper:  Don G 
Greeter:  Allan R T
Snack: Judy H
Kitchen setup: vacant    
Kitchen setup Help: Judy H
Kitchen cleanup: vacant
Kitchen cleanup Help: Dave H
Children's teacher: Rachel VB

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

July 31 - TBA
August 7 – Potluck 
August 27 - 28  Meeting Campout
Calendar for Bellingham Friends

Monday, July 25 7 - 9 PM
Earthcare Group

Wed., July 27, 7 – 9 PM 
Midweek Worship
Mary Ann P.'s home
Silent worship and worship sharing - Usually 2nd and 4th Wednesdays.

Thurs, July 28th, 7 - 9 PM
Spirit Group
at Larry T.'s home

Discussing first part of new draft chapter 4 from NPYM's "Faith and Practice".  See announcement below for link to obtain the material.

Tuesday, Aug 16, 7 – 9 PM 
Book Group
at Sharon & Don's home
Discussing LOTTERY by Patricia Wood
Some copies available from Susan R.

Sat and Sun, Aug 27th - 28th 
Meeting Campout
Excelsior Campground 
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.   

Please review the proposed guidelines for decision making.  Seasoning continues as we pay careful attention to Quaker terminology and practice.  Click Here to read the current version.   It will considered for approval this coming Sunday, July 24th  at MfWfB

Bellingham Friends Announcements

Meeting Campout
Saturday, August 27 - Sunday, August 28

August 27- 28 will be dates for a Meeting Camping at Excelsior Group Camp Ground.  We will have lunch on our own, then a potluck supper.  After breakfast, we'll have Meeting for Worship, and non-campers are welcome to join us for that.  We have also reserved Friday evening at the spot, so anyone from Meeting is welcome to come early.  There will be opportunities to explore the old growth forest nearby, and to take native plant walks and we hope also guided bird walks.  More details later.  Contact Susan R. if you can help with organizing.

______From Interfaith Coalition Representative, Sharon Trent______

Whatcom County's Project Homeless Connect is
an annual day of support and services for homeless individuals.

This important event is coming up
Friday, July 22 from 9 to 4 p.m. at Bellingham High School.

Interfaith Coalition collects useful items to give away that day. We are in need of 

  • new underwear (adults & children)
  • tents
  • sleeping bags
  • flashlights and batteries
  • blankets
  • backpack
  • tarps
  • baby wipes
  • tennis shoes and boots
  • new socks
  • travel-sized hygiene items (shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotion, lip balm and razors.) Please do not bring clothing items.

Sharon Trent is gathering these things on Sundays (and other times too, as arranged).

If you would like to Volunteer for Project Homeless Connect on July 22, 2016
Click Here


Children's Program Survey

Friends, if you haven't had a chance to respond to Children's Program Committee's queries yet, please contact Virginia Herrick. Answering the survey will NOT obligate you to facilitate a children's program -- the Children's Program Committee just wants to know what resources are in our community, which we may use in planning intergenerational activities, or seeking advice or suggestions. (Of course, if you feel moved to teach the Children about one of your interests, please let us know!) The questions are: 1. What skill or topic(s) do you know more about than most people? 2. What is your passion? 3. What do you like to do in your spare time?
Thank you, Friends!

_________Call for Pictures for New Photo Gallery on Website ________
Please submit a photo of yourself that you would like shared on the website to and our web person, John Hatten, will post them.  If you don't have a digital photo you like, contact Wendy G. at meeting - she will take your photo and submit it for you.

Announcements From Committees and Representatives
For Spirit Group - July 28th 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.  
The Earthcare Group  will be meeting at Mary Ann's on  Monday 7/25 from 7-9PM.  We will be sharing how we currently hear Spirit/Earth calling us to act on her behalf at this time.  We will also talk about whether or not we would like to change slightly our direction --> and also use our time to discuss Joanna Macy's writings, perhaps starting with Active Hope:  How To Face The Mess We're In Without Going Crazy, and to experience one of her processes at each meeting.
Social and Environmental Concerns
1) Call to witness:
Dear Friends,
BFM's Social and Environmental Concerns committee wants to ensure that Friends are aware of an important and time-sensitive opportunity to voice support for a bold amendment to the County's comprehensive plan that we believe aligns well with our Quaker testimonies and points our community toward right relationship with the Earth and all who live here.

To this end, we offer the following draft text for you to consider sending--with or without modification--to all County Council members.  Some Friends signed hard copies last Sunday.  If you did not, you can copy the text below, modify it as you choose and either email it to Council by clicking  here or print and send it by snail mail.  If you feel moved to voice your support, please do so by July 25th.  Thank you for your consideration. 

To members of the Whatcom County Council,
I am writing to voice my strong support for the amendments that Council member Carl Weimer has proposed to chapter 2 of the County Comprehensive Plan.  As a Quaker, I believe these amendments align with Quaker testimonies (values) of Sustainability, Community, and Integrity; will honor the rights of the Lummi Nation; and point us toward right relationship with the Earth and all who live here.  I urge you to adopt these amendments as proposed.

2)  Followup on 'All those Initiatives' second hour:
All four proposed initiatives met signature goals and will likely be on the ballot in November!  I-1501, to enhance consumer protection for seniors and other vulnerable people 
I-1464, to lessen the influence of money in elections and make politics more transparent,  
I-1433, to raise the minimum wage, and
I-1491, to restrict gun sales and possession by people a court rules are a danger to themselves or others.

These four will join the other two that have already qualified:
I-732 a proposal for a carbon emissions tax and
I-735 a call for Congress to enact a constitutional amendment on campaign contributions.

3) To brighten your spirit:  Quaker youth part of landmark climate case -
Click on the photo to read an inspiring interview with one of the plaintiffs in Our Children's Trust lawsuit, Nathan Baring.  Nathan is a member of Chena Ridge Monthly Meeting is Fairbanks, Alaska. 
The case  argues that by causing climate change, the federal government has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property. The case also references the Public Trust Doctrine, which states that the government holds natural resources in trust for present and future generations. In April, the judge ruled that this case can move forward in federal court, dismissing the challenge by the government and fossil fuel companies.
Children's Program Committee

ATTENTION PARENTS: Your children are welcomed, nurtured, and cared for during worship and after! We have a terrific lineup of volunteers to share their interests and knowledge with the kids during worship. Coming up: July 24, Rachel Van Boven; July 31, Dorothy DeFremery or substitute; Aug. 7: Eric

Childcare: For support and toddler care during first hour, and childcare during second hours, we have hired Anna Row (daughter of Adrienne and granddaughter of Tom and Maddie) and WWU psychology major Dora Kovacs. You'll likely see each of them a couple Sundays per month.  Be sure to say "hi!"

Regarding volunteer facilitators, we still have a couple vacancies in August, for August 14 and as a support person at the campout, Aug. 28. Let Virginia know if you'd like to volunteer.  Thank you, everyone!

CAMPOUT!! We are hoping families will consider coming to the campout Aug. 28, and Children's Program Committee is looking for Friends to spend time with the kids during worship Sunday morning so their parents can enjoy silent worship. At this time, we do not have any plans for paid childcare, so if you are willing and able, please contact Virginia! Also, parents, please contact Virginia if you are coming, or know for sure you're NOT coming1

Volunteers on the quarterly rotation facilitate one children's program at least once every three months. They are: Eric Bablinkas, Virginia Herrick, Rachel Van Boven, Rob Dillard, Dusty Andersen, Susan Richardson and (starting in the fall) Aurora Fox. If you're on the rotation, but unable to make it, contact Virginia. We do have substitutes available! Thank you all! And a big thanks to our substitutes for standing ready: Kristen McLewin, Dorothy DeFremery, John Hatten, and Sharon Trent.
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 10 am to 4 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 OWG Clerk Don Goldstein (671-1395 or by the end of July.

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 some volunteers already but need a couple more.

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 Thursday, July 28th, 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: 

July 23, Sat., 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM  Heather Pass and Maple Pass loop

Heather Pass and Maple Pass loop is a classic high-country alpine hike that begins at Rainy Pass, loops past Lake Ann, and climbs to spectacular ridges and alpine meadows dotted with larches. Gain about 2000 feet, with a high point of 6650 ft, and round-trip distance of 7.2 miles. Meet at 7:00 am at the Fairhaven west side park & ride. Plan for a long day. Sign up with leader Mark Turner, 360-671-6851 or

Announcements of Events in the Wider Community

Birch Bay and Lummi Nation are hosting canoe landings of tribal canoes
TONIGHT - July 20

Canoes will arrive from as far away as Alaska, Hawaii and Six Nations of Upper State NY, along with British  The public is invited.
On Wednesday, July 20th:  22 canoe families will land.    

5 pm: Welcome Landing Canoe Families by Chief Tsilixw at the Stommish Grounds 
5:00-7:00 pm: Dinner at Stommish Grounds
7:00: Protocol of welcoming followed by Cultural Sharing at Lummi Nation School (directions above)

Directions: follow directions to the Stommish Grounds and just before the grounds you will see, on your left a road flanked by two totem poles (frog on the top) and sign for Lummi Nation School.  Take a left up that road, pass Wexlium on your left, pass through the gates and park in the lot in front of you.  Entrance to the gymnasium is accessed from that parking lot.  

Dinner menu: clam chowder, Bar-B-Que salmon, clam fritters, crab, fried oysters, turkey, ham, elk and deer, potato salad, green salad, fruit salad, macaroni salad, fried bread/rolls, cakes, pies, cinnamon rolls, Jello.
VOLUNTEER at LUMMI Wednesday July 20.  Come to Stommish Grounds, (under covered porch of building on your right at the end of the drive into the Stommish grounds.  Go to the table to sign-in and receive assignment for variety of jobs. Choose your Shift: 8:00-12:30, 12:30-4:30, or 4:30-8:30.  Stomish Grounds directions.  From Silver Reef casino take Haxton to the water and follow the shoreline about a mile to the Stommish ground on your right.  You'll see tents of canoe families, cars, lots of activity.

Special note:  The Lummi have suffered the loss of a tribal member and there will be services in Wexlieum on Wednesday evening.

Donation drive to support Syrian refugees

The Whatcom Peace and Justice Center
Voices for Peace in the Middle East
will sponsor a donation drive this summer to support refugees stranded in Europe. Goods collected will be traded for funds to support humanitarian and medical aid for people affected by conflict and natural disaster in the Middle East. Items donated will be collected on a to-be-announced date and location in August and delivered to Value Village in Bellingham.  What to know how the donation drive will work? - click here for more information
Editor's note:  
The total number of forcibly displaced people is 1 of every 113 globally.
Syria is the single largest source for new refugees, but older conflicts, like those in Afghanistan and Somalia, continue to be big contributors as well.

Click here for the UN breakdown of the numbers


Conservation Conversations:  
Faith and Nature, with Charis Weathers

Thursday, July 28, 6:00-7:30pm at the WLT offices, 412 N Commercial St
In July, Rev. Charis Weathers will introduce a “spin-off” to WLT’s Conservation Conversations. Charis will host a series of guided discussions on nature and conservation, each featuring two guests from different spiritual or religious traditions. Stand by for more details, but save this date for the inaugural episode of what promises to be a fascinating and lively conversation series.  

Photo: Joshua Eastland        Note - this is a new link which will allow you to register for this specific event.  It is expected to fill quickly now that they are open for reservations:                            

Eventbrite - Conservation Conversations: Faith & Nature, Ep. 1


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:  Gender Identity and Gender Fluidity
Where: Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center near Ellensburg WA
Hosted by: Salmon Bay Friends Meeting and Pullman-Moscow Monthly Meeting
For more information, click here .  Registration will open shortly after August 1st. 

Quaker special events, retreats, workshops, conferences, etc.

Aug 13 - 17, 2016
Friendly Water for the World -Training in BioSand Filter Fabrication
Quaker Cove Camp, Anacortes, WA
cost: $395.  Partial scholarships available.
(Graduates are planning to to to Tanznia, kenya, Uganda, and Gutemala and elsewhere)
Call 360 918-3642 or e-mail:
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.
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Announcements / Opportunities from Other Quaker Groups

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:

Western Friend
Offers on-line Meetings and Resources
(as well as a wonderful Quaker magazine)
  • 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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