Sept 21, 2016   Bellingham Quaker E-News
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Sunday, Sept 25, 2016
Silent Worship: 10 AM Worship

There will be a brief called Meeting for business to consider sponsoring the Joanna Macy workshop on Active Hope on October 30 led by Mary Ann Percy along with a co-facilitator.  
Second Hour:  No program - Many Friends will be at Quarterly Meeting in Ellensberg
Location:  1701 Ellis St.  Map

Friendly Tasks for Meeting 

Care of Meeting: Larry T 
Key / setup: Karen S
Setup Helper: Dusty A  
Greeter: Joanne C 
Snack: vacant
Kitchen setup: Virginia H
Kitchen setup Help: Rachael VB
Kitchen cleanup: Mark H
Kitchen cleanup Help: vacant
Children's teacher: Eric B 

Upcoming Second Hours:

October 2 - Potluck
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 
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)


Bellingham Friends Announcements

Our own Mary Ann Percy will present this workshop on
November 11th and 12
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.  


__________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

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 9/24/16:

Refugees: Reports indicate that the Obama administration will increase the number of refugees resettled in the U.S. in 2017 – from 85,000 to 110,000. Even this small increase hasn't been met with enough funding from Congress. The U.S. still isn’t acknowledging the magnitude of the refugee crisis and our responsibility to act

Arms Deals: The U.S. announced a $38 billion arms deal with Israel (listen to part 2 in Kate Gould's interview).  The Senate will vote this week on a $1.15 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia -- at the same time as Saudi Arabia is bombing civilians in Yemen. Act now.

Climate Change: There's new legislation in the House that would require transparency on greenhouse gas emissions from public lands (almost 25 percent of U.S. emissions!).

Standing Rock Sioux: We joined an interfaith statement in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as they continue to stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Social and Environmental Concerns
Children's Program Committee

Our kids range in age from two to late teens! Teachers may want to consider preparing their 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. We all have those days! :-)

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. You may want to review "why we are here" is to practice being Quakers/learn about being Quaker and "how we are here" -- mutually respectful, kind, and with consideration for adult worship.

VOLUNTEER TEACHER TEAM: Many hands make Light work. Most of our volunteer facilitators only teach once in a three-month period. 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 a wonderful team of substitutes to fill in on short notice: Sharon Trent, Dorothy DeFremery and John Hatten. Many thanks to all, and to our terrific childcare peeps Dora Kovacs and Anna Row!

Here's the upcoming schedule: Oct. 2: Aurora; Oct. 9: Rachel
; Oct. 16: Virginia; Oct. 23: Aurora; Oct. 30: Virginia.

WANT TO HELP BUT NOT SURE ABOUT TEACHING? Feel free to sit in one Sunday as an observer. Need ideas? Ask Virginia, Kristen, or Dorothy, or check the Children's Program cabinet for craft
supplies, books, and several curriculum packets. Or, on BFM website under "Links" there are two lesson plans from the "Friends Through Time" Curriculum, William Penn and Margaret Fell. If you use a curriculum lesson, please let a Children's Program Committee member know (Virginia, Kristen, Dorothy or Aurora).
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:

Here is info about two upcoming tours organized by Lee First, North Sound Baykeeper.  The first one requires you to register with Lee.(see below) 
Headwater Wetlands of Tenmile Watershed Tour

Sunday, September 25th
10 AM - 12 PM

Location provided upon registration

This easy-to-understand wetland ecology class will be packed into a few hours! The tour will visit Ravencest Farm, highlighting why small streams and wetlands are an essential component of our local watersheds. 

Tour guides: Wetland ecologist/biologist Dr. Elizabeth Binnery, Dr. Anu Singh-Cundy, and Lee First, North Sound Baykeeper. Come prepared to spend time outdoors in wet areas, regardless of weather. Email to register.

Sanitary Service Company Stormwater Prevention Tour

Wednesday, September 28th
12PM - 1 PM

1001 Roeder Ave, Bellingham (map)

Join us for a tour of Sanitary Service Company's facility and learn how they've prevented 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 - just show up.
Announcements of Events in the Wider Community

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


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.  
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 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.


International Day of Peace  - TODAY!  


6-8 p.m., September 21, 2016

Join us on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at the Majestic, 1027 North Forest Street in Bellingham.

Please arrive at 6 p.m. for the info fair, featuring local organizations tabling, with music by Jazz for Justice.

The program begins at 6:30 p.m. sharp with speeches and the presentation of the Howard Harris Lifetime Peacemaker Award.

Throughout the evening, you can enjoy treats from our baked goods sale.

Entry is free and all are welcome.

ASL interpretation and childcare will be provided. Space is wheelchair accessible, with a ramp at the main entrance on N. Forest.

Donations support the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center.


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.
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Announcements / Opportunities from Other Quaker Groups


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:

  • 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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