November 18, 2015  Bellingham Friends E-News
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November 22, 2015 
10 am:  Meeting for Worship followed by announcements
11:15 (approximately) coffee and social time  
11:45 (approximately) Second Hour - 

Advance Directives (Mary Ann P) 
Location: Explorations Academy 1701 Ellis St Click here for a  Map
Second Hour - This Sunday 
November 22  

Advance care planning
(Mary Ann P) 
Advanced Care Planning lets our loved ones know how to care for us and us for them when we cannot speak for ourselves. Making your health care choices known in advance is a gift to those you love.  This program will include both a presentation/information session and an opportunity to start or complete your Advance Directive.
For additional information, please see:
Announcements From Friends

Quaker Perspectives on Paris and Beirut
George Lakey
via Virginia H

In the context of the terror in Paris and Beirut last week, and the cries this week that we should refuse to allow refugees to come here as a result of those events, here is a very timely article by Friend George Lakey on nonviolent ways to bring an end to terror, and enhance human security in our communities, our nation, and the world:
Click here

New England Yearly Meeting
via Mary Ann P
This is a public response from the Clerk and Secretary of New England Yearly Meeting to recent attacks in Paris and elsewhere​ which I received from a QEW Friend.  
Click here


Friends Committee for National Legislation

"Let us then try what love can do to mend a broken world." -- William Penn
The temptation to react to violence with fear and more violence is strong. The recent terror attacks in Paris and Beirut are tragic and demand a response. But a response based on fear will not lead to security or peace. A response based on fear can lead to the sacrifice of the very freedoms we cherish.
We now hear calls from members of Congress, from governors and candidates to shut the door to Syrian refugees or to open the doors only to Christians. This blanket response counters what our nation stands for and turns away those who most need our help—those who are seeking refuge from violent conflict.
Please urge your elected officials to welcome Syrian refugees who are fleeing violence at home.
Click here
FCNL will help you get your message through.


Western Friend
Renewal time for 2016 is upon us.  This is a bi monthly official publication of Pacific, North Pacific and Intermountain Yearly Meetings of the Religious Society of Friends. It is available in print and/or PDF. Cost for print is 32.00/ PDF 27.00 and both 45.00. This is a group rate which is less than an individual subscription.  If you are not familiar with this publication, we will make back and current issues available.  Let Lorina Hall know as she is collecting information and funds.  
Something New for Potluck Sundays - beginning December 6th
Getting acquainted with our new attenders and each other
OWG has requested that our first-Sunday Second Hours in December and April include a get-acquainted ice-breaker activity between rise of Meeting for Worship and our monthly potluck.  Our recent new attenders will be especially and individually invited so that we can all get to know a little about them and more about each other at the same time.  If you have an activity to suggest, one that can include up to 35 people and be completed in a half-hour at most, please contact OWG Clerk Don Goldstein (360-671-1395 or  And please plan to participate in the first such event on December 6th!


Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) Basic Workshop 
December 4-6, 2015 
(Bellingham Friends Meeting is a co-sponsor of this event with WPJ) 
Facilitators: Rick & Jan Krouskop & Guest
Cost: is $40-100 and includes three meals and snacks. (A contribution of more than $40 will provide a scholarship for someone)
Location: Explorations Academy - 1701 Ellis St #215, Bellingham, WA 98225
For more information and to register, click here


Global Climate March
November 29, Sunday, 10:00am
Bellingham (Maritime Heritage Park, 500 W. Holly)
A Quaker contingent will be joining the march.  We will meet at 10 am by the Fountain at Marine Heritage Park.  Friends may contact Wendy C or Judy H for more information or just meet us there shortly before 10 am.
Join in solidarity with cities around world marching for climate justice! On Nov. 29th the world will take to the streets to support 100% clean energy.  Support climate action from global leaders gathering in Paris for the COP 21 climate summit. We will march from Maritime Heritage Park to the Salish Sea Sanctuary at 1308 Cornwall Ave to watch the Lummi Nation video that will be shown at the Climate Summit in Paris. For those interested, we will carpool to Vancouver to join their 1pm solidarity march! Sponsored by 350 Bellingham facebook event

Announcements from the
Wider Community

Brown Bag Event at the Whatcom Museum:
A Coast Salish Feast 
Exploring Native Foods

Thursday 19 November 2015, 12:30pm - 01:30pm
 For countless generations Native Americans have stewarded the rich and diverse ecosystems surrounding the Salish Sea. Join Ethnobotanist T. Abe Lloyd as he explores the resiliency of indigenous food systems—ranging from as high as a mountain goat can climb to as deep as a halibut can dive. Lloyd is an instructor at Western Washington University and Whatcom Community College as well as the director of Salal, the Cascadian Food Institute, where he works to promote indigenous foods.
Location : Rotunda Room, Old City Hall, 121 Prospect Street
$3 suggested donation; Museum members free

Whatcom Dispute Resolution
Peace Builder’s Awards
Friday, Nov. 20, 5:30 pm
Bellingham Technical College, Settlemyer Hall
Lummi Tribal member, George Guerro is one of 8 recipients
(see previous E-News for more information)

Saturday, Nov 21 10 an-5pm
Lummi Art and Entrepreneur’s Markets
Lummi Te’Ti’Sen Center (formally known as the Lummi Gateway Center)
 4920 Rural Ave, Ferndale (Slater Rd/I-5 Exit 260)  Authentic, hand crafted Native Art work for sale

Native American Heritage Day Concert
Friday, Nov 27, 7:00 pm
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (1207 Ellsworth, Bellingham
Music, Stories, and Fun for the Whole Family
(freewill offering will be made to support the musicians and performers)
Friendly Tasks for
Nov 22nd

Care of Meeting
Nan M.
Wendy G. 
Setup helper: 
Lorina H.
Don G.
Judy H.
Carole T.
Kitchen helper:
Sharon T.
Children's teacher:
Karen S.


Calendar for Bellingham Friends

Midweek Worship
TONIGHT Wed, Nov 18, 7– 9pm 
Mary Ann P.'s home
One hour worship + one hour worship sharing/ check-in. NOTE the change to 2nd and 3rd Wed this month only 

Book Group
Tue. Dec 8, 7-8:30 pm 
At the Richardson's
Book for the month:  More library copies of the book Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood are available - contact Susan R to borrow one.

Upcoming Second Hours:

Nov. 29 -  Extended social time 
Dec. 6 
 – Newcomer activity, Potluck, and report from Nan on FGC Gathering
Dec. 13 – MfWfB
Dec. 20 – Holiday Community Sharing?
Dec. 27 – *sprinkling happiness?* (Aurora)


Looking Ahead to Wider Quaker Gatherings:

PNQM Silent Retreat     Jan 22 - 25, 2016
(may be extended to 1/26)
Camp Huston, Gold Bar, Washington.  For more information and registration forms click here

Pacific Northwest Quaker Women's Theology Conference
July 15-19, 2016
Canby Grove Christian Center
Canby Grove, Oregon
Theme: Naming the Gifts of the Living Presence
For more information, click here


From Ministry and Counsel:
Bellingham Friends did not to reach unity on our proposed purchase of the Bell Tower Studios building, As a result, we have laid down the Exploratory Committee which was charged with determining  the feasibility of the purchase, and released the seller from the contingency contract. Friends minuted their appreciation to the committee for their extraordinary work.  M&C has begun exploration of opportunities for Friends to express themselves and begin a healing process. Please hold us in the Light, and contact us with any thoughts, concerns, or suggestions. 
Please honor our shared silence in worship by planning to arrive before 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Please enter the hallways outside the worship room quietly, as voices carry. Please silence cell phones and arrange belongings before entering, and keep comings and goings during worship to a minimum.
Thank you, Friends.


Friday Peace Vigil

Every Fri, 3:45pm – 4:45pm
104 W Magnolia St, Bellingham, WA 98225, USA (map)
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.


November Concern of the Month:
Whatcom Land Trust

The mission of the Whatcom Land Trust is to protect wildlife habitat, scenic, agricultural and open space lands in Whatcom County for future generations by securing interests in land and promoting land stewardship.   Learn more at their website 

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