April 5, 2017   Bellingham Quaker E-News 
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Sunday, April 9, 2017
Silent Worship: 10 AM Worship

Second Hour: Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business
Location:  1701 Ellis St.  Map
Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business -  
What's on tap?  - Among other business, Friends will discern whether to give final approval to:
  • State of Society Report,
  • Suggested Criteria for a Rental  location
  • Suggested criteria for puchase of raw land
  • Nominating committee slate of recommended appointments
Friendly Reminders:
  • Committee Clerks and Friends, please submit reports and member concerns to the Clerk and Recording Clerk no later than Thursday midnight if you wish to have them distributed prior to MfWfB.  
  • Any Friend who wishes to receive MfWfB mailings including minutes and handouts from the previous meetings and for the upcoming meeting should be on the MfWfB mailing list.  If you are not on that list and wish to be, click here to send a message to the recording clerk.

Friendly Tasks for Meeting 

Care of Meeting: Susan R
Key / setup: Lorina H  
Setup Helper: Dusty A
Greeter: Lynne L 
Snack:  vacant
Kitchen setup: Mark H
Kitchen setup Help: vacant
Kitchen cleanup: Cheiron M

Kitchen cleanup Help: Alysa & Lettie
Children's teacher: Jessica B

If you can take on a job that's now vacant, please do so!
Upcoming Second Hours:

April 16 – Easter activities
April 23 – Quarterly Meeting (no second hour)
Calendar for Bellingham Friends

Wednesday,April 12, 7- 9 pm
Midweek Worship at Mary Ann P's home,  2nd and/or 4th Wed - open worship followed by worship-sharing or activity 

Tuesday. April 18, 7-9 pm
Book Group at Richardsons' home
Discussing Tree Soldier by Janet Oakley, a local author who will be joining us.  Copies of the book are available from Susan R.

Thursday, April 27, 7 - 9 PM
Spirit Group at Larry T.'s home  
We will be discussing Exodus Chapter 32 from the Bible

August 25 - 27
Meeting Camping Trip
Excelsior Campground

March query
From Faith & Practice (Pacific Yearly Meeting, p. 52),
“How do we attend to the suffering of others in our local community, in our state and nation, and in our world community?”

Requests and Offers from Friends 

Odd Jobs wanted
1.  Clay Griese is raising money for the fall for college.  She is willing and able to do a variety of jobs.  Please contact her if you have work to offer this spring and summer.  Click here to email Clay.
2. Sebastian Bee is also available for odd jobs to help raise money for college expenses. 
Announcements From Committees
Children's Program Committee
Easter's coming! Please help us celebrate! All Friends are asked to bring colored eggs to hide for our annual children's Easter egg hunt, and also finger food treats for social time after worship. If you choose to bring treats to go inside plastic eggs to hide, please be sure they are gluten and dairy-free. Lily, Julian, and Sebastian will play Easter bunny during the first part of the CP hour. Virginia and Dave will supervise kids before and during the hunt. Other adults are welcome to volunteer also. We would especially appreciate someone taking photos. Children will join adults for last few minutes of worship as usual. Parents: children are invited to bring their own Easter baskets, but there are spares if anyone forgets. After rise of worship, children (supervised by Sharon) will wash hands and make egg salad for all! 

Children's Program teacher's schedule
April 9 - Jessica Bee (Anna)
April 16 - Virginia Herrick and Dave Hopkinson (Dora)
April 23 - Aurora Fox - ART PROJECT SUNDAY! (Dora)
April 30 - Don Goldstein - Solar eclipses (Dora)

Thank yous: Once again, our Quarterly schedule is filled in advance! Many thanks to all our volunteers and our childcare workers: Sharon Trent, Dusty Andersen; Rob Dillard; Susan Richardson; Rachel VanBoven; Kristen McLewin, Jessica Bee, Aurora Fox, Dave Hopkinson, Virginia Herrick, substitutes Laurie Glenn and John Hatten, and workers Anna Row and Dora Kovacs.
Outreach and Welcoming Committee

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, April 15.  All Friends are welcome, but please contact clerk Don Goldstein (671-1395 or if you will be joining us.
Social and Environmental Concerns Committee                                          

State Level Advocacy:   Three phone calls - take your pick or do all three:
A)  Fight homelessness:

It's super quick and easy:
1) Call 1-800-562-6000 (Mon-Fri 8am-8pm)
2) Leave your lawmakers this message: "Homelessness is a crisis and we need to do more this session. Please support House Bill 1570, enact the House Operating Budget, and get as close as possible to a $200 million investment in the Housing Trust Fund."

( When combined with investments in the Housing Trust Fund, HB 1570 could end family homelessness, reduce chronic homelessness by 50%, and ensure no youth exits the state's care into homelessness, all in four years! ) 

B) Support the House revenue package (HB 2186),
1) Call the special Budget Hotline number:  844-489-4843 and
2) ask your your House member to support HB 2186 which raises revenue so that the budget can fully fund public schools without making sacrifices to other human service programs. 

C) Support the WA Kids Ready to Learn Act (HB 1508),
1)  Call 1-800-562-6000 (Mon-Fri 8am-8pm)
2)  Leave your lawmakers this message:  "Please support HB 1508 which combines Breakfast After the Bell legislation and WSDA funding for Farm to School and Small Farms/Direct Marketing programs."  Tell them why it's important to you that kids can receive breakfast and nutritious meals at school so they have what they need in order to learn.

Now:  High-Five yourself!  You did GREAT!  

Social and Environmental Concerns Committee meets monthly.  If you would like to attend, click here to email one of our members for meeting 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, 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: Wednesday, April 19th, 10 am.

Looking Ahead to Wider Quaker Gatherings


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.

Registration is open NOW. Register before April 7th to avoid 
a late registration fee and to secure your preferred accommodations. Register by clicking the link at 

SOME TEACHERS MAY STILL BE NEEDED  for Quarterly Meeting.  TEACHERS GET TO ATTEND THE SESSIONS FOR FREE and receive a small teaching stipend. Please let Jared Hopkins ( ) know if there is a particular age group you'd like to work with:  Infants and Toddlers (roughly, ages 0-2);  Preschool (roughly, ages 3-5);  Early Elementary (roughly, grades K-2);  Upper Elementary (roughly, grades 3-5); or Central Friends (roughly, grades 6-8). In recent times, Infants/Toddlers/Preschool have been combined into one group due to lowish turnout among this age group.
If you have not taught before, we will pair you with an experienced teacher and also we will do our best to provide curriculum and activity suggestions.  We ask all teachers to do a quick online background check to screen for relevant past convictions. We pay for this check.



May 20th 
Join Lopez Friends in a celebration of their new Monthly Meeting status
Please RSVP to the address indicated on the form below 
no later than April 21st

(you can copy and paste this form into another document)
NOTE: You may RSVP and attend individually, not just as a representative of our Meeting.
Schedule of Events: 
Worship at 2pm, dedication of peace pole,
Potluck supper with local guests to bring salad or dessert 
Singing around campfire.  
Children’s program and games included




North Pacific Yearly Meeting 

Annual Session 2017

North Pacific Yearly Meeting 2017 Annual Session will be held  from
Wednesday, July 26, 2017, to Sunday, July 30, 2017
at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.
More information is in the Call to 2017 Annual Session .

Some of the items to be included:

New Faith and Practice Revisions

Gender Inclusivity Minute: 
​Multnomah Monthly Meeting will be bringing a minute on inclusivity for annual session to consider. The text and process for this consideration are in the Proposed Inclusivity Minute. (Please note that the text of the minute may change before annual session in response to feedback from meetings.) Also, here is a resource packet to help your meeting season this proposal.
Note:  Bellingham Friends have an ad hoc committee working on this.  Contact Ministry and Counsel if you are interested in contributing to this work.

Possible Change in Financing Annual Session: Starting in 2018, NPYM is considering a plan to change the way it charges people to attend annual session, to a "pay as led" approach inspired by this article in Friends Journal. Please share your thoughts about this change with your Coordinating Committee representative.

Quaker Fair 
Our seventh annual Quaker Fair will take place at the 2017 Annual Session of North Pacific Yearly Meeting, Wednesday, July 26 – Sunday July 30, 2017 at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington. The Fair will provide an opportunity for representatives from a variety of Friends’ organizations to meet informally with attendees to share information.  Because of our dense plenary session agendas, this is the official way for a broad range of organizations to share with Friends.  

To reserve  table space, the following information must be received by June 30. Send to: and include your name, the name of your organization, the size of table you need, and whether you will need an electrical outlet or wall space (if available). We have arranged for groups to set up the displays in Wheelock during the entire annual session. This space is not secure, so do not leave anything valuable at the display when you are not present.  The main all-ages Quaker Fair will be 8 pm Friday. We are also inviting Friends organizations to be available during the interest group times at the Quaker Fair location. Please include in your display which interest group times you will be available, so that Friends can find you. 

Living and Learning in the Great Outdoors

April 22, Saturday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Oyster Dome

The best view near Bellingham can be enjoyed from the west side of Blanchard Mt. on the rocky precipice known as Oyster Dome. We will botanize our way from the Samish Overlook north, pausing to examine cascading rivulets, ferny glens, massive old-growth stumps and logging relics as we go. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy at the top and be prepared for a 5 mile round trip with almost 2000 feet of elevation gain. Meet at the Fairhaven Parkway west side Park and Ride (at the end of 32nd St) at 9:00 AM. Contact Abe ( if you have questions.

Click here to see a listing of all the Native Plant Society field trips
Letting Your Life Speak

Spotlight on
Opportunities for Witness 

Saturday,  April 22  12:30 PM  
Bellingham March for Science
Starting at Bellingham City Hall
The local march is in its early planning stages. . Stay tuned!
Facebook page for local march:
Website for Washington DC and satellite marches:
In addition to the march itself, the Bellingham effort will also include a week of science-themed events leading up to April 22nd, and a Science Fair from 2pm – 4pm immediately following the march. Information will be up on the website soon.

Saturday, April 29: 12 noon
Peoples Climate March in Bellingham
(a satellite march for the Washington DC Peoples Climate March)   
Organizer:  350 Bellingham

Website for National March:

 Quaker Alternative to Violence Project (AVP)

Local offerings

Whidbey Island

An invitation from Whidbey Island Friends

Members of the Bellingham Meeting received a personal invitation to consider attending the Whidbey Island Friends Meeting sponsored AVP training at the UU church in Freeland April 7-9.  If anyone would like housing during the training please let Tom E. know.   (Click here to email him)  Scholarships are available. Please circulate this invitation.

The AVP program is clearly one of the most important Quaker contributions to peace in modern times. Both trainers and participants cite their participation in an AVP program as a transformative experience. Please join us.

Active links from flier:

Below are three brief videos if anyone wants to know more about AVP

Although AVP is best known for its use in prisons (the focus of the first two videos), it is increasingly used in various situations to reduce potential violence. The purpose of the interactive training is to introduce you to the concept with the hope - but not the requirement - that you will consider joining ongoing AVP programs.

Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
Spreading Quaker Power & Light
Working within our democratic system to influence national legislation
for peace & social justice.

News, Resources, Actions & Events:
Sign up for weekly legislative action alerts:

Tell Senators Cantwell & Murray to Oppose New Sanctions vs. Iran
For details of this legislation, see the FCNL legislative explainer.

With the U.S. continuing to escalate in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, there is increasing risk for the U.S. and Iranian forces to clash and spin out of control. The anti-diplomacy legislation being considered in the Senate makes that more likely. WA Senators Murray and Cantwell are key in this debate.


Support Moral Budget Priorities

President Trump’s proposed budget substantially increases military funding by cutting peace building, environmental, and social services programs.  Congressional leaders are still intent on gutting the Medicaid and food assistance program (SNAP) to our country’s poorest residents.

Urge your members of Congress to oppose President Trump's proposed budget and its cuts to programs that promote strong communities at home and true security globally.


Work with FCNL: Join our work for peace, justice and the environment!
The Advocacy Corps is a 9-month training program starting August 2017. Advocates are given a $3,000 stipend to organize their local communities and address climate change. Applications due 4/10/17. Apply for the Advocacy Corps!
JOIN 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. Please contact Virginia Herrick.
in the 
Wider Community


Saturday, April 15

Saturday, April 15, 2017
9 am - 12 pm
Heiner Theater
Whatcom Community College


Jail Diversions:  The World of the Possible

Positive criminal justice solutions. 
Speakers will include Judge Cedric Kearns of Las Vegas, and a case manger and addiction specialist who work with him in that city's therapeutic courts.
The program will be moderated by Superior Court Judge Charles Snyder, who leads the dug court program in Whatcom Coumty.

Co-sponsors for the event include:
RiverStyx Foundation
The Law Offices of Brett, McCandlis, Brown

Media partners:  
KMRE-LP 102.3 and The Bellingham Herald


Dignity Dialogues

Monday April 3 and Monday, April 17 - 7:00 - 8:30 PM
First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave

Hosted by Community to Community, The Racial Justice Coalition and the WWU Blue Group
Dignity Dialogues are gatherings organized by Community to Community facilitated by impacted communities' leaders - in this case undocumented community leaders. The purpose of our current dialogues is to bring folks together to discuss the fundamentals of the US immigration system from the federal level to the local - and learn how we can all work together to resist the current anti-immigrant political climate. We invite folks that have participated in past dialogues to bring others that need information.


April 18 - 19
Free and open to the public
Contact Christina Van Wingerden
360-319-7862 cell 360-650-3775
to reserve space


Prayer Vigil for Peace in the Middle East 

Bellingham faith communities continue the prayer vigils for peace in the Middle East on the 18th of each month, 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.  
April 18, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.   Vigil hosted by:  TBA

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.


Stand & Resist: Artists Protect the Salish Sea.

Opens March 29
Since 2010, polluters have wanted to use Washington and Oregon ports to get coal, oil, tar sands, and natural gas to overseas markets. Each short-sighted proposal has been met by massive, artist-lead creative resistance. And, in two weeks, we’re going to celebrate them.

a ten-day exhibit of visual arts.

It showcases local and regional artists who will explore the intertwined issues of threats to the Salish Sea, climate change, and alternative futures.  

Stand & Resist: Visual Arts Exhibit
What: From flyers to banners, performance to protest, totem poles to puppets -- artists have helped residents of the Salish Sea grapple with the complexities of fossil fuel projects and stand in resistance.
Where: Gallery at the Sylvia Center for the Arts at 205 Prospect St, Bellingham, WA.
When: Wednesday, March 29th to Friday, April 7th. See website for hours.

As part of the Stand & Resist celebration, we’ll also be bringing attention to current threats to the Salish Sea, how you can get involved, and how we can work together creatively to protect our home. 



Hold the Dates!
Sept 20 - 24, 2017
LOOK FORWARD TO an unparalleled opportunity
Gathering the World's Indigenous People
September 20-24, 2017 at Lummi Nation
Presented by the Indigenous Environmental Network
Announcements / Opportunities from Quaker Groups around the Country and the World


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:


Ben Lomond Summer Youth Camps

June 24 – July 1, 2017

We welcome all kids, Quaker or otherwise, to join us for Quaker Camp, Service Camp, and Peace Action Camp. Join us to explore community, peace, equality, integrity, simplicity, and earthcare– values that Quakers hold strongly, through creative projects and activities.

View program brochure.

Register now for summer camp!
Quaker Camp: Just over a week of fun and personal growth, for kids entering the 4th, 5th, or 6th grade, will be held in the Redwood Lodge at Quaker Center. Activities include: fun community building exercises, games, swimming, hiking around Quaker Center, campfires, music, story-telling, community service, trips to local beaches and parks, with experiential learning of Quaker practices. Most of all, come make new friends and have a great time with the camp staff!

Cost: Sliding Scale, $420 – $560 ($490 standard rate, $100 deposit required to hold camper’s space)

Service Camp: Eight full days of fun, friendship and service, for teens entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade, will be held in the Orchard Lodge at Quaker Center. Service Camp is about helping others and doing good work while having a good time. We will help organizations that serve the homeless, work with elders, support recycling, protect and clean up the environment, in addition to caring for Quaker Center. We will also hike on local trails including some at Quaker Center and we’ll take trips to the beach and a local pool. Come spend time with old friends, make new friends, and hang out with cool counselors too.

Cost: Sliding Scale, $420 – $560 ($490 standard rate, $100 deposit required to hold camper’s space)

10% sibling discount available for each additional camper registered. Additional scholarship funds are also available. No one is ever refused access to our programs because of lack of funds. When we have received your registration you will receive a confirmation by email.

You will receive an enrollment packet with information and permission forms about one month prior to camp. Enrollment will be confirmed after we have received the completed forms for your camper(s).

We are currently accepting applications for camp counselors. Priority is given to applicants who have experience as campers or counselors at Quaker Center’s camps. Click here to apply.


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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