Sept 14, 2016   Bellingham Quaker E-News
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Sunday, Sept 18, 2016
Singing Sunday: ~ 9:30 am - 10:00
Silent Worship: 10 AM Worship

Second Hour: Spiritual Journey: Don G. this Sunday; contact M&C to share yours later
Location:  1701 Ellis St.  Map

Friendly Tasks for Meeting 

Care of Meeting: Dusty A 
Key / setup: Wendy G
Setup Helper: Don G 
Greeter: Lorina H
Snack: Kathy L
Kitchen setup: Ced M
Kitchen setup Help: Sharon T
Kitchen cleanup: vacant
Kitchen cleanup Help: Lorina H
Children's teacher: Jessica B 

Upcoming Second Hours:

September 25 – Quarterly Meeting - No Second Hour
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

Monday, TBD, 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!​

Wed., Sept 14, 7 – 9 PM  TODAY!
Midweek Worship
Mary Ann P.'s home
Silent worship and worship sharing - Usually 2nd and 4th Wednesdays.

Tuesday, September 20, 7 – 9 PM 
Book Group

At Joanne C's home
Discussing "WHEN BOOKS WENT TO WAR" by Molly Manning
No more copies available as of now.

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.

Bellingham Friends Announcements

_________From Mary Ann Percy________

Western Friend online conversation TODAY, Sept 14:
The Meetinghouse:   Buy? Rent? Other?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
6:30 PM Pacific
90 minutes
Please arrive on time.
In the “Workshop Room” of
Western Friend Connect

See below (in "Announcements / Opportunities from other Quaker Groups") for more detail
Background reading:
Western Friend offers this collection of quotations as background reading for our conversation about the Quaker meetinghouse.


_______________Invitation From Aurora Fox _____________

Hi folks,
HEY!I'M BACK in BELLINGHAM😃after a great summer in Sitka.
This Friday I turn 66-- and I am having a  
"help Aurora paint her bedroom and art studio room"
66th birthday party --
this Sunday, Sept 17th from 1-4ish.

This is at my new abode:
1808 Academy Road

This is what I envisioned:
some could paint, some could play music, and some could bring hors d'oeuvres
or finger food snacks and I will provide the birthday ice cream (no cake please) for everyone. 

So put on your painting clothes (if you want to help paint) or bring your musical instrument
(musicians it is just fine to invite friends)
or a snack and come help me celebrate another year on this planet!
 "many hands make light work" 

Note: you are not required or expected to paint unless you want to
but do come and help me celebrate if you don't have other plans. 
206 372 2750 


From Norh 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
GUIDELINES for (the fine print):

  • We cannot promise that any specific art work will be selected. Depending on the discernment of the committee, we may elect not to go forward with including art work at all.
  • We cannot pay you for your work, but we will list your name and meeting or worship group with any published work 
  • We will need to adjust your work to the space available for it.  The planned page size is about 6” x 8½”
  • Hard copies of art work will only be returned to you if you include a stamped self addressed envelope
  • If your work is copyrighted please let us know, and include the date of copyright
If you would like to have an outline of the revised NPYM Faith and Practice to help plan your artwork, email Judy Hopkinson and put "Outline of revised NPYM Faith and Practice" in the subject line
______________From SEC ____________

Thank you Friends!  Your combined donation of $100 was sent to the Maple Alley Inn Kitchen Improvement Fund.  If you were unable to donate to this concern of the month, you may click on the link below to offer an individual donation. (You could also do that if you just want to give a little more!)

Maple Alley Inn - Kitchen Improvement Fund

Maple Alley Inn serves healthy and sustaining meals in a comfortable and welcoming environment to Whatcom County residents experiencing hunger. Every week we serve breakfast on Tuesday morning and lunch on Wednesday and Thursday, focusing on nutritious high quality foods. A Maple Alley Inn community garden, grows organic vegetables that are a core part of the prepared meals. In 2015, Maple Alley Inn served 19,622 meals to 1,675 unduplicated guests, an 18% increase from 2014.

Due to this growing demand in our community, the current residential kitchen at Faith Lutheran Church is not adequate to keep up with demand. The Kitchen Improvement Campaign hopes to raise funds to replace the stovetop, oven, and refrigeration with upgraded commercial appliances and improve ventilation in the kitchen area. These improvements will significantly improve kitchen efficiency and safety for staff and volunteers.
They have have reached over 67% of the fundraising goal to improve the Maple Alley Inn kitchen, donate today to increase our capacity to serve people experiencing hunger in our community. #maikitchen

___________From Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting__________

A Call for Teachers
from Jared Hopkins

Dear Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting attendees,
I am serving as the PNQM Teacher Recruiter. Teachers get to attend the session for free and receive a small teaching stipend.  If you wish to teach this Fall (September 23-25th, 2016)., please let me know if there is a particular age group you'd like to work with. 

___________From Interfaith Coalition via Sharon Trent___________
 Learn How You Can Help Homeless Children

According to school district figures, approximately one of every 32 Whatcom County students experienced homelessness during the 2014-15 school year.  These children, our neighbors, do not know where they will sleep on any given night.
There is a way we can help. 
On Thursday, September 15, at 7:00 pm, Interfaith Coalition is sponsoring a community meeting about Family Promise to discuss how congregations are exploring networking together to provide overnight accommodations and meals for homeless families.  Active in over 200 communities nationwide, including Skagit County, Family Promise is a successful and creative way to harness the strengths of congregations and serve our children and parents in need.
The meeting will be held at Assumption Catholic Church Gym at 2116 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham.  Please come to this meeting to hear about ways to get involved in this important ministry.
Announcements From Committees and Representatives
For 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.  
Social and Environmental Concerns

On Sept 11, Bellingham Friends Meeting adopted the following minute in support of the Standing Rock Sioux, and it has been sent to their public relations department
  • Our Meeting strongly supports the Standing Rock Sioux in opposing construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, and in insisting that their legal and treaty rights be fully honored and not be violated."
  • This 1100-mile pipeline would create the same dangers as other projects, such as the Keystone XL Pipeline, and should be rejected for the same reasons.  The Dakota Access Pipeline proposal process absolutely warrants thorough and intensive environmental consideration, and full engagement with the Standing Rock Sioux, whose rights must be respected.  These include but are not limited to the right of access to clean water, which is the foundation for all life, as well as the right to have their burial grounds and other sacred sites respected, protected, and preserved.
  • The word, “Dakota,” means “friend.”  As Friends (Quakers), we bear witness to the equality and sacred nature of every person.  The principle of equality is also fundamental in a democratic society.  When we as a society shut out the voices and ignore the rights of Native Americans as in the current situation, we deny that principle.  
  • As Friends, we also hold sacred the responsibility of all humanity to care for the Earth, our home, and preserve it for future generations and all life.  Our Native American sisters and brothers have long modeled the importance of considering not only our own desires, but also the needs of future generations, before acting.  Expediting projects such as the Dakota Access Pipeline, and pursuing the extraction, transport, and use of fossil fuel instead of renewable and sustainable alternatives imperils the earth’s waters, the atmosphere, the air we breathe, and the climate necessary for continued life on earth, all of which are vital to the Standing Rock Sioux and to all life.  If we are to act quickly at this time, let it be toward developing and implementing environmentally sound practices to preserve our Earth-home and all life on it."
Several Friends participated in a rally of support on Monday,  Sept 12

See the previous E-News for background information (or just google it!)
If you are so inclined, you can donate funds online to:

Sacred Stone Spirit Camp (main camp):
Legal Defense Fund:
Red Warrior Camp (non-violent direct action camp):
Children's Program Committee

Because we have a growing group of kids, ranging from two to late teens, Children's Program Committee recommends that teachers 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.

We find it helpful to start with a circle time, introductions (let kids briefly share something), and these queries: Why are we here? and How are we here? Especially with youngers, it's helpful to be sure they know part of the "why" is to practice being Quakers/learn about being Quaker and that "how" has to do with mutual respect, helpfulness, caring, and consideration for others. The testimonies can be a good place to start in planning a lesson.

VOLUNTEER TEACHER TEAM: Many hands make Light work. Please consider joining our regular teaching group: Jessica Bee, Susan Richardson, Dusty Andersen, Virginia Herrick, Aurora Fox, Kristen McLewin, Eric Bablinskas, Rob Dillard, and Rachel Van Boven. Most only teach once in a three-month period. September is already covered, but there are opportunities after that. We also have a wonderful team of substitutes to fill in on short notice: Sharon Trent, Dorothy DeFremery and John Hatten. Our terrific childcare peeps are Anna Row and Dora Kovas. Thank you all!

Here's the upcoming schedule: Sept. 18: Jessica Bee; Sept. 25: Eric Bablinskas; Oct. 2: Aurora Fox; Oct. 9: Open.

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 at Explorations. We have 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 Children's Program Committee member know (Virginia, Kristen, Dorothy or Aurora), and notify us of which children were present, so we don't repeat!
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 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,

The next OWC meeting is on Saturday, September 17th.  All BFM Friends are welcome.  Contact OWC Clerk 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, 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.
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: 

September 20, Tuesday, 8:00 AM to 5 or 6 PM
Chain Lakes Loop

This is a fall favorite with our group. Bring your berry picking containers. On the way up we will drop a car at the Heather Meadows visitor’s center for the return car shuttle. Our hike starts at Artists Point. After a mile we leave the Ptarmigan Ridge trail and descend into the Chain Lakes Basin. After passing several pretty little lakes we ascend to Hermann Saddle and drop down to the Bagley Lakes. Distance 6 miles, elevation gain 600 feet. Meet at the Sunset Square Safeway parking lot to carpool. Trip limited to 12. Register required with Annie Prevost at 360-714-8629 or

Announcements of Events in the Wider Community


EMS Saves Lives Campaign Kickoff

Thursday, September 15th 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Squalicum Boat House
2600 N. Harbor Loop Drive in Bellingham

Featuring the Bellingham Firefighters Pipes & Drums

There will be beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks, snacks and lots of great people.
(Note: this campaign promotes passage of a local initiative to fund emergency medical services in Whatcom County - which will be on the ballot this November)


Community Forum on Housing concerns
Sponsored by the York Neighborhood Association
Wed., Sept. 14  7:00 p.m  
Garden St. United Methodist Church,  1326 N. Garden St
(corner of N. Garden & Magnolia streets)
"Please join with neighbors and citizens throughout Bellingham to discuss concerns about affordable housing, zoning, protection of single-family neighborhoods, quality of life issues, and  housing options for today and into the future. 
In an atmosphere of a true “Town Hall” forum, we will listen to one another respectfully and further the dialogue to safeguard our communities, protect the heritage and character of our historic single family neighborhoods, and address the issues of affordability and livability here in Bellingham. "


Higher Education at a Crossroads: Challenges & Opportunities

Join the League of Women Voters® of Bellingham/Whatcom County and Bellingham Public Library for a free educational program and community discussion

When: Saturday, September 17th, 2016, from 10am—12pm
Where: Bellingham Public Library,  210 Central Ave, Bellingham, Downstairs Meeting Room

This program will examine challenges facing colleges and students including:

  • Who is going to college and who is not?  
  • Why are college drop out rates so high? Can they be reduced?
  • Is a college degree worth the cost?  Who benefits most?
  • Featured Speakers:

    - Crystal Bagby, Director of Financial Aid, Bellingham Technical College
    - Dr. Luca Lewis—Vice President for Student Services, Whatcom Community College
    - Ted Pratt—Dean of Students, Western Washington University

    For questions or more information, please contact Susan Mancuso at (360) 734-2366, or visit the League of Women Voters® of Bellingham/Whatcom County online at


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


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.
On Our Website:
Click to visit website
(our monthly newsletter - with feature articles and poetry and much more!)
Back issues of the E-News
(soon to include this one!)
And much more!
Announcements / Opportunities from Other Quaker Groups

____________Via John Hatten and also recommended by Mary Ann Percy__________

Quakers in Pastoral Care & Counseling 

There is less than a month left until the 26th Annual Conference of Quakers in Pastoral Care and Counseling (QPCC) in Richmond, Indiana. We have a great program planned for this year. See more below. Click Here to Register for this Event

QPCC 26th Annual Conference - 2016

Quakers in Pastoral Care & Counseling 

26th Annual Conference: "Centered in Wholeness: Body & Spirit”

Join Friends / friends in the ministry of pastoral care, counseling, chaplaincy, and care for members of their meetings in our 26th annual gathering in Richmond, IN.  This year Stephanie Ford, former professor of Christian spirituality at the Earlham School of Religion, will lead us in a weekend of learning, reconnecting, and restoration.

Date: Thursday, September 15 – Sunday, September 18

Place: Quaker Hill Conference Center – Richmond, Indiana

After teaching Christian spirituality for a decade at ESR, Stephanie Ford returned to her home state of North Carolina, and in 2011 joined the staff of Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill. There, she now serves as Minister of Christian Formation, which includes Christian education, intergenerational offerings, retreat and small group leadership, and preaching. Stephanie also teaches with the Friends of Christ School (a local ecumenical group), as well as with the Upper Room Academy for Spiritual Formation.

Registration information for our 2016 QPCC conference and updates on the creation of our new QPCC website (Click Here to Register for this Event).


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:


Offers on-line Meetings and Resources
(as well as a wonderful Quaker magazine)
  • Wedenesday, September 14, 2016 – The Meetinghouse: Buy? Rent? Couch-surf?
  • 6:30 PM Pacific / 7:30 PM Mountain
  • 90 minutes
    Please arrive on time.
  • In the “Workshop Room” of Western Friend Connect
  • You will need to download and install some software in advance.  Contact Don G. or Mary Ann P. for details.
  • 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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