June 22, 2016   Bellingham Quaker E-News
Editor's note:  Updated items highlighted in bright RED
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Sunday, June 26, 2016
Silent Worship: 10 AM Worship
Second Hour:
Alice on Faith and Practice (revised copy to be distributed in advance)
Explorations Academy 1701 Ellis St Click here for a  Map
For Second Hour - June 26th

Fiends, please
click here to review the draft for Chapter 4 of our new Faith and Practice which Alice Robb will present during second hour this coming sunday.  

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 meeting on Sunday or read ahead and take notes.

Friendly Tasks for Meeting 

Care of Meeting: Don G
Key / setup: Lorina H    
Setup Helper: Karen S  
Greeter: Wendy G
Snack: Wendy G 
Kitchen setup: Sharon T   
Kitchen setup Help: Dorrie J 
Kitchen cleanup: vacant
Kitchen cleanup Help: vacant

Children's teacher: Susan R 

Upcoming Second Hours:

July 3 – Potluck
July 10 – No second hour. Consider attending PRIDE parade
July 17 – No second hour. NPYM Annual session
July 24 – Meeting for Worship for Business (for July & August)
July 31 - TBA
August 7 – Potluck 
August 27 - 28  Meeting Campout
Calendar for Bellingham Friends

Wed., June 22, 7 – 9 PM 
Midweek Worship
Mary Ann P.'s home
Silent worship and worship sharing - 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month

Thurs, June 23rd, 7 - 9 PM
Spirit Group
at Larry T.'s home

Discussing "A Place Called Community" , Pendle Hill  pamphlet by Parker Palmer

Tuesday, July 19(?), 7 – 9 PM 
Book Group

Sat and Sun, Aug 27th - 28th 
Meeting Campout
Excelsior Campground 
Watch coming issues of E-News for more details
Friends are again asked to 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 at the July 24th 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.


______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


___________________Carpool Requests________________________

_____________ From Virginia Herrick ___________________

 North Pacific Yearly Meeting, Annual Session in Spokane, July 13-17. Virginia will be driving to Spokane on Wednesday, July 13, returning July 17.  She would love to have company for the trip! If you're interested, please let her know!

___________From Kirsten Ebsen from Vancouver, BC_________
would like to connect with Friends travelling to the FGC Gathering by Amtrak.  
Her train leaves Everett at 5pm June 30th and arrives at St. Cloud, MN at 5:19 AM July 2nd.  Would like to share taxi from St Cloud which is closer to St. Joseph Campus than St. Paul/Minneapolis. Contact:
Her cell # is:  778-837-1746.


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.  The link that appeared in the ENews for the past few weeks did not work correctly, so if you tried to use it, you were told that you had already completed the survey.  (Apparently Survey Monkey and Mailchimp do not play well together)  

_________Call for Pictures for New Photo Gallery on Website ________
 From John Hatten and Don Goldstein
A new photo gallery ( ) accessible from our website’s “About Us” page ( ) has been started.  Please submit a photo of yourself that you would like shared on the website to and our web person, John Hatten, will post them. Any questions, contact John.  If you don't already have a digital photo of yourself that you like, contact Wendy G. at meeting and she will take your photo and, if you like it, will send it to John for you.

-------------------from Aurora Fox (via Don Goldstein) -------------------

 "...please tell the Meeting I am pleased that I was approved [for membership] and that I really am enjoying Sitka and I love the taxi driver job. oh--and my blog about driving taxi here is linked below..."

Announcements From Committees
Social and Environmental Concerns

Friends led to carry our Quaker banner in the Bellingham Gay Pride Parade on July 10, please contact Judy Hopkinson.
Children's Program Committee

Anna Row (daughter of Adrienne and granddaughter of Tom and Maddie) has begun work as our childcare provider at least two Sundays per month, as of the annual retreat June 4.  Be sure to say "hi!" She is also interested in volunteering as a facilitator during worship on Sundays when she's not working! Yay, Anna!

Speaking of volunteer facilitators,-- we've also started our quarterly rotation of volunteers for Children's Program during Worship Sunday mornings!  The first month is already covered: Eric Bablinkas, June 4, Virginia Herrick, June 12, Dusty Andersen, June 19, and Susan Richardson, June 26! Rachel Van Boven, July 24. Thank you, everyone!

The signup sheet still has spaces for Friends to sign up as childcare provider in July and August. Other team members are Rob Dillard and Wendy Courtemanche. If you are not currently on the quarterly rotation but would like to get involved, please contact Virginia or Kristen McLewin. We had a "signup genius" sent out, as another alternative to signing up on the regular signup sheet. If you're on the rotation, but unable to make it, contact Virginia. We have substitutes available! Thank you all! And thanks to our substitutes for standing ready: Kristen McLewin, John Hatten, and Sharon Trent.
Outreach and Welcoming Committee

The OWC will be sponsoring a Second Hour for play reading in the near future, date to be determined by availability of participants.  If you are interested in reading one or two parts in a short play or plays (each 15 minutes maximum), please contact committee clerk Don Goldstein (671-1395,

The document "Regular Bellingham Friends Meeting Activities and How to Learn More About Them", is available on the literature table at meeting.  It's also posted on our website and can be downloaded by clicking here.  "A Quaker Glossary" is another document from OWC that is available on the literature table and also by download from the "About Us" page of the BFM website. 

Our next meeting, open to all interested Friends, will be on Saturday, July 16th. 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.  Our first meeting tentatively selected as the session theme "Discerning our Leadings: Worshiping with our Lives", which has now been approved by BFM's MfWfB.  If you're interested in joining us or just curious about what QM planning involves, contact QMPC Co-clerk Don Goldstein (671-1395 or  
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: 

June 29, Wed., 8 AM to 5 PM Sauk Mountain

Sauk Mountain Sauk Mountain is a short (4.2 mile round trip), moderate hike with 1,200’ elevation gain starting at 4,350’. It is a “perennial” destination for native plant enthusiasts, including Art Kruckeberg who features it in his Wildflower Walks of Washington. There is a plant list on the WNPS website under Skagit County. The hike initially traverses rich subalpine meadows and continues up a series of switchbacks through meadows and rock outcrops to the rocky ridge on top, which plays host to a number of alpine species. There will likely be snowfields at the top, but we should be able reach the summit with its spectacular views.
Meet to carpool at the Fairhaven west side park ride lot at the end of 32nd St for an 8:00 AM departure. We will return to Bellingham at 5:00 PM or a bit later.

Allan Richardson at 360-733-5477 or to confirm.
Announcements of Events in the Wider Community

2016 Totem Pole Journey
In August, Jewell James' 2016 Totem Pole will be on its way to Winiepeg, Canada.  Preparations are being made now and it’s time to seek out the funding and support services to make all this happen. There are only 37 days left to raise the requested $8,000 so we’re asking that you rank this as a priority for your attention.   Click here to learn more and to donate:   Faithify 

Goal: Defeat the proposed fossil fuel export projects while laying the foundation for a broad-based alliance on future issues of common concern related to fossil fuels and climate change.


  • Strengthen and expand alliances between tribes, intertribal organizations, the faith-based community, NGO’s, and community leaders in the Pacific Northwest and Canada that are opposed to the proposed export of fossil fuels from the Oregon, Washington, and western Canada.
  • Educate the general public and shape the narrative on this issue through scheduled events and informational material, radio and television coverage, and social media.
  • Promote a “get out the vote” message, to include distributing informational material at the scheduled events.
  • Strengthen and expand the network of coalition partners to help address the issue of climate change.
Donation drive to support Syrian refugees
kicks off June 20

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
Since March 2011, an estimated 9 million Syrians have fled their homes to escape war. Most are internally displaced within Syria, while over 4 million are in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt. One million have applied for asylum in Europe. The United States has pledged to accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of September; to date, 4,700 people have been approved by U.S. Homeland Security.
Refugees migrating to Europe from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan cross the Mediterranean Sea, arriving on beaches in the Greek isles. Locals scramble to provide them with food, water, and emergency supplies before they continue on to UN refugee camps. The Salaam Cultural Museum in Seattle is collecting and distributing aid to these areas in Greece.
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


Coming in JULY from Whatcom Land Trust:

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                                   

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


Looking Ahead to Wider Quaker Gatherings

General Meetings - Quarterly and Yearly Meetings and The Gathering

July 3 - 9
Friends General Conference Annual Gathering of Friends for 2016

Theme:  be humble; Be Faithful; BE BOLD
College of St. Benedict
St. Joseph, Minnesota
Evening speakers will include Rex Ambler from Woodbrooke Quaker Study Center in England.
Details and online registration are available at

July 13 - 17
North Pacific Annual Session
From Despair to Strength and Joy
Whitworth University, Spokane, WA
Friend in Residence will be Diane Randall, FCNL

Registration is now open at

September 23-25, 2016
Fall 2016 session- Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting (PNQM)

Theme:  to be announced (likely related to Simplicity)
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.

July 20 - August 3:
Pine Ridge Workcamp
This Workcamp carries on the long-standing William Penn commitment to fair and just relations with native people, as well as the personal ministry of the amazing Mike Gray. For two weeks we live in community and service with people on this Lakota reservation, exploring the history - including Wounded Knee - while honoring sacred traditions and building to the future.
Mary Ann Percy is happy to answer any questions you may have about the experience.

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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