Oct 12, 2016   Bellingham Quaker E-News
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Sunday, October 16, 2016
Singing Sunday: ~ 9:30 
Silent Worship: 10 AM Worship

Second Hour:  Meetinghouse worship discussion  (M&C)
Location:  1701 Ellis St.  Map
A Message from Ministry & Counsel about this Sunday's Second Hour

“Based on a report from the Ad Hoc Retreat Committee, M&C is of the belief that there is unity about relocating from Explorations Academy. M&C will be hosting a worship discussion at 2nd hour on October 16 to explore this sense of our leading and to consider what qualities are most important in another rental."

Friendly Tasks for Meeting 

Care of Meeting: Mary Ann P 
Key / setup: Don G
Setup Helper: Wendy G
Greeter: Ced Marsden
Snack: Jessica Bee
Kitchen setup:  Don L
Kitchen setup Help: Judy H
Kitchen cleanup: Mark H
Kitchen cleanup Help: Jean B
Children's teacher: Virginia H

Upcoming Second Hours:

October 23 – Play reading (Don G facilitating)
October 30 – In lieu of Second Hour we're encouraging Bellingham Friends to attend this Workshop:

“Active Hope for Bellingham”  1 - 5 PM at the Bell Tower Studio, 1430 N Garden St. (This is a shorter version of the conference described below that will be presented on Lopez Island on Nov 11th and 12th - See below for more information)
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  
Calendar for Bellingham Friends

Wed., Oct 12, 7 – 9 PM 
Midweek Worship
Mary Ann P.'s home
Silent worship and worship sharing - Usually 2nd and 4th Wednesdays.

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)

Thurs, Oct 27 , 7 - 9 PM
Spirit Group
at Larry T.'s home

Discussing "Community"  (pages 7-22) in the new draft chapter 4 from NPYM's "Faith and Practice".  See announcement below for link to obtain the material.

Sunday, Oct 30, 1:00 - 5:00 PM
“Active Hope for Bellingham”  
Workshop presented by
Mary Ann Percy
Bell Tower Studio, 1430 N. Garden St.
Bellingham Friends Announcements

 AlsoVisit our Facebook Page  - It has some awesome posts!

Message from our Finance Committee:
Donations are lagging behind expenses again.  
But, this discrepancy is far beyond our usual imbalance this time of year.  
It looks as though - without a little help from our Friends - 
we will have to draw down our reserves significantly to cover expenses.
But we do have Friends

Please consider making a special contribution.

____________From Western Friend via Don Goldstein___________

Please join Western Friend in an online conversation this evening

Money and the Quaker Meeting

________________From Karen Steen _________________

FREE video showing and discussion this Thursday, 10/13, 1:15 – 3:15 pm:

"UNDONE: Faith as Resistance to Empire"
Rev. Robin Meyers (UCC)

First Congregational Church Bellingham
2401 Cornwall Ave.
Administration building corner of Logan & D Streets

This is the third of three lectures by Meyers, entitled "UNDONE: Faith as Resistance to Ego, Orthodoxy, and Empire." Once the church was a clear threat to the status quo, now the church is largely a defender of the status quo, blessing both a warrior worshipping militarism and a death-dealing and predatory capitalism. Meyers makes the case that the Jesus Movement was in the beginning, and must be again, a Beloved Community of Resistance - radical resistance to the Empire we live in and that lives in us.



_______________ From Sharon Trent _______________

Winter Coat Drive
Final Sunday for Donations: October 16
If you, like many of us, have extra coats or jackets, winter scarves, hats or gloves, consider donating them to our Winter Coat Drive.  Collections end on Sunday, October 16. We collect donations of gently used or new warm weather gear for those who do without these basic necessities. We distribute in five locations across Whatcom County.

Friends, please bring donations to meeting this Sunday, October 16, or contact Sharon Trent to arrange delivery.
Sharon will see that donations reach Interfaith.


October 30th
1:00-5:00 PM

Email: John Hatten
 Suggested: $15- $50  
No one will be turned away


_____________ From Nan Macy _______________

Quaker singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer  is coming to WA

Saturday, October 22, 2016
Seattle, WA - Columbia City Theater
Address: 4916 Rainier Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98118
Phone: 206-722-3009
Tickets: $25.00
Time: 7:00 PM
Website for event

Sunday, October 23, 2016
Freeland, WA - Trinity Lutheran Church
Time: 3:00 PM
Address: 18341 State Route 525, Freeland, WA 98249
(on Whidbey Island)
Tickets: TBD
Phone: 360-331-5191
Website for event: 


Announcements From Committees and Representatives
Spirit Group - October 27th 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.  
Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
Supporting Spirit-led action in the weeks and months ahead!
Register to VOTE! General Election November 8! In addition to the presidency, we will be electing US Congressional Representatives, State Senate and House legislators, and deciding important local and statewide initiatives. Online voter registration has ended, but you can still register in-person!
Washington Voter registration deadline
In-Person Registration at Auditor's office by Mon Oct 31, 2016
Whatcom County Courthouse

This Week in the World:

Conference Call - October 19, 2016 at 5 p.m. Pacific:

FCNL’s Amelia Kegan and Julia Neumann on how to lobby
  After Election Day, members of Congress will consider a number of critical issues. Learn what's ahead on the congressional calendar and how you can effectively influence those decisions. 
Social and Environmental Concerns

Petition Pope Francis to Formally Reject "Just War" Doctrine.   Every name added builds momentum for the campaign and increases the probability that war will come to be seen as the unjustifiably destructive force that it is.

Holding the Standing Rock Sioux in the Light

UPDATE: OCTOBER 10, 2016, 7:30PM PT
THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY AND DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR ISSUED A JOINT STATEMENT regarding Sunday's court order, saying in part: “The Army continues to review issues raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other Tribal nations and their members and hopes to conclude its ongoing review soon. In the interim, the Army will not authorize constructing the Dakota Access Pipeline on Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe. We repeat our request that the pipeline company voluntarily pause all construction activity within 20 miles east or west of Lake Oahe.”Read the full statement.


Click the image to see Quick Facts & Main Concerns about the Dakota Access Pipeline
Children's Program Committee
Have a thought about Thanksgiving as a theme for Children's Program?
We need a teacher Nov. 27 -- Thanksgiving weekend! 
****PARENTS: Dec. 25 is a Sunday this year.****
****Please notify Virginia if you are planning to bring your kids to Meeting Christmas morning.****

Sunday fun for teachers AND kids! Children's Program begins at 10 a.m. with a circle time, introductions, and inviting the kids to briefly share, or ask or answer a question about Quakers. Teachers may use prepared curriculum or their own inspiration for the lesson time, about 10:15 to 10:45. Then bathroom break, then joining adult worship! If you have a wide age range one Sunday, it's fine to divide into two groups and let Anna or Dora take the younger kids aside.  Kids may "float" to a group that's different from their chronological age, too!

Join our VOLUNTEER TEACHER team! Most of our volunteer facilitators only teach once every three months.  We always welcome one-time volunteers. 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 substitutes: Sharon Trent, Dorothy DeFremery and John Hatten. Many thanks to all, and to our terrific childcare peeps Dora Kovacs & Anna Row!

Here's the upcoming schedule:
 Oct. 16: Virginia; Oct. 23: Aurora; Oct. 30: Virginia. November 6: Kristen McLewin; November 13: Rob Dillard. Nov. 20: Virginia; Nov. 27: Open.

Want to help but now sure how? Sit in one Sunday as an observer. Open invitation!
Outreach and Welcoming Committee

The OWC will be sponsoring a 2nd Hour for play reading on October 23rd.  We will read three short plays and invite feedback from the audience. We are also coordinating the Intergenerational Holiday Sharing 2nd Hour on December 18th.  Contact Wendy Goldstein (360-224-0980 or to have your contribution (poetry, music, storytelling, or whatever) added to the schedule. .

Our documents,"Regular Bellingham Friends Meeting Activities and How to Learn More About Them" (just 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, October 29th.  All Friends are welcome but please contact clerk Don Goldstein (671-1395 or 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: Friiday October 21, 10 am.
Learning and living in the great outdoors:

November 19, Saturday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Mirror Lake Bog

With Thanksgiving following closely after this trip, a walk to Mirror Lake is a timely chance to harvest fresh Cranberries. Mirror Lake has both our native Little Bog Cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccos) and Big Bog Cranberry (V. macrocarpon) native to the east coast but introduced sporadically throughout the west coast for commercial production. Despite the small size of the Mirror Lake bog, there is a nice diversity of bog vegetation. Meet by the tennis courts at Whatcom Falls Park (off Electric Ave., near Lafeens Donuts) at 9:00 AM to carpool. Rubber boots are highly recommended. If time allows, we may also explore the Barrell Springs bog before returning in the late afternoon.  Contact Abe Lloyd (; 360 303-1339) if you have questions.

Announcements of Events in the Wider Community



A day-long conference of fellowship, inspiration, and skill-building
to strengthen local churches' efforts for the common good

The day includes worship, two sessions of workshops, a resource fair, a celebration of the Gertrude Apel Pioneering Spirit Awardees, and an opportunity to weave together what we’ve learned. Workshop themes include: Interfaith Dialogue & Approach to Scripture; Storytelling for Community Action; Immigrant & Refugee Accompaniment; “Habits of the Heart” for Healthy Conversations; Mental Illness & The Church; Racial Justice – through Scripture & in Congregations; Conflict & Reconciliation in Colombia; Church in the Neighborhood; Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery; and Creative Worship. Bring a group to take advantage of more workshop offerings, build shared capacity, and help implement new learnings.

Saturday, October 22, 2016
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle 98122

Regular Rate: $55;  Student Rate: $25
Groups (up to 5 people): $175
Groups (6-10 people): $275

Coffee, tea, and snacks provided
Food vendor invited for lunch

Scholarships available
Free parking available

Click here for more information
or call 206.525.1213, ext. 105 or email Ann



Susan Point

Past Present
Cultural Visions in New Media
 September 22 - December 3, Western Gallery
Hours: M, T, Th, F 10-4; W 10-8; Sa 12-4.
Located in the Fine Arts Building on the WWU Campus
Susan Point is a world renowned artist who seamlessly synthesizes her Musueam, Coast Salish, heritage with contemporary media. This exhibit will highlight Point’s multi-dimensional visions that continually push the boundaries of classic Coast Salish aesthetics and challenge the constraints placed on First Nation artists by academics, collectors, and the art market

Events coming up at Western Gallery's Fine Arts Building
Click here for a map

Archaeologist Dale Croes and Suquamish master weaver Ed Carriere
Thursday, October 13, 5:00pm

Lecture: Master carver Jewell Praying Wolf James
Thursday, October 27, 5:00pm

Symposium of Artists and Scholars
Saturday, November 5, 1:00pm
(off-campus location TBA)

Master weaver Susan sa’hLa mitSa Pavel
Thursday, November 17, 5:00pm

Coming...October 26th

Help Wanted:  Keep Out!

The Long History of Duality in the
Immigration Policies of Our Country


Northwood Hall (3240 Northwest Avenue, Bellingham, WA).
Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; buffet lunch is served at 11:50 a.m.;
the program starts at 12:20 p.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m. 

Advance ticket purchase through Brown Paper Tickets:  $13 for members, $18 for non-members, $5 for Young Adults (29 and under)
At the door: $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

Speakers, Dr. James Loucky and Hannah E. Stone, JD will explore the reasons why people migrate from their homelands, the policies that drive immigration, the laws that regulate it and how all these things affect new and established residents of our country. Two other guests will share their first person experiences and perspectives on immigration.

Special bonus event (no additional charge):
The program continues at City Club After Dark, Join us again in the evening at Boundary Bay from 5-7 pm to mingle with community members and discuss today’s topic with our speakers from the noon program.  This event is free -- light snacks are provided and a no host bar. 
Advance ticket sales end Monday, October 24th at 11:50am. 

To reserve ticket(s) for the next Bellingham City Club meeting click this link:


CALL Brown Paper Tickets 800-838-3006


You're invited to see TWO remarkable photographic exhibitions at the Lightcatcher building:

Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates by Susan Middleton
National Geographic's 50 Greatest Photographs.

Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates by Susan Middleton
Showcasing the photographic techniques Susan Middleton has developed over the past three decades in 50 portraits of rarely or never-before-seen ocean dwellers.
Docent tours of Spineless
Thursdays, Saturdays, & Sundays at 2:30pm

National Geographic's 50 Greatest Photographs
From Steve McCurry's unforgettable Afghan girl to Nick Nichols' iconic image of Jane Goodall with a chimpanzee to Thomas Abercrombie's view of Mecca, this exhibition includes some of National Geographic magazine's most-remembered and celebrated photographs. 
Docent tours of National Geographic | Thursdays, Saturdays, & Sundays, 1:30pm

Free with admission/members free. Tours begin October 9th in the Lightcatcher lobby and last an hour.


Whatcom County Election Forums

Forum 1: Saturday, October 15th 9:30 - 11:30 AM

  • 1st District US Congressional Representative Candidates: Suzan DelBene & Robert Sutherland
  • 2nd District US Congressional Representative Candidates: Mark Heinemann & Rick Larsen
  • City of Bellingham Greenways Levy
  • Whatcom County EMS Levy
Forum 2: Tuesday, October 18th, 6:30-8:30 PM
  • 40th Legislative District State Senate Candidates: Daniel Miller & Kevin Ranker
  • 42nd Legislative District State Representative, Position 1 Candidates: Sharlaine Clair & Luanne VanWerven
  • 42nd Legislative District State Representative, Position 2 Candidates: Tracy Atwood & Vincent Buys
Forum 3: Saturday, October 22, 9:30-11:30 AM
  • Initiative 732: Carbon Consumption Tax. Concerning reducing specific state taxes and creating a carbon tax.
  • Initiative 1433: Raise-Up Washington. Concerning raising the state minimum wage.
  • Initiative 1464: Government Accountability. Concerning campaign finance reform, disclosure and enforcement, and creation of a public campaign financing program.
Location:  All forums held at: Bellingham City Council Chambers, 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham WA
The Bellingham Herald is the media partner for these forums.   Forums will be televised and streamed live with rebroadcasts on BTV10


Doctober at the Pickford

A full month of award winning documentaries

Each October, Pickford Film Center presents Doctober, our month long celebration of the art of the documentary featuring some of the most diverse and varied programming offered all year. With over 50 films in the lineup, something for everyone is hardly an exaggeration.

Doctober gives us an opportunity to work with other organizations in Bellingham to bring important issues to the community, frequently with filmmaker visits, special guests, pre-screening receptions and guided discussions.

Join our email list to get weekly updates on Doctober events, films, and newly added encores.

Click here for the 2016 Doctober lineup



Editor's note:  If you have not seen this performance, it is well worth seeing. 

Do not miss this!  Reserve your tickets now.  Both performances will sell out.
Friday, Oct 14 at 7 PM to Saturday, Oct 15 at 7 PM
Whatcom Community College- Syre Student Center 237 W. Kellogg Rd,
The tickets are $10 each day. The 10/15 performance is a fundraiser for Standing Rock (NoDAPL).  Tickets for both performances can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets.
“What about those Promises?” is a story about Lummis historical relationship with the U.S. government. Tribes have similar stories, this is our story...  Darrell Hillaire’s Children of the Setting Sun Productions.


Strong Towns Events
Thursday, October 20


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.  
The following faith communities will host the monthly prayer vigils from
5;30 - 6 PM
Tuesday, October 18: Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (BUF)
Tuesday, November 18:  Sacred Heart Catholic Church


Looking Ahead to Wider Quaker Gatherings

General Meetings - Quarterly and Yearly Meetings and The Gathering

April 21-23, 2017
Spring 2017 session, Pacific Northwest Quarterly Meeting (PNQM)

Theme:  Discerning our Leadings: Worshiping With Our Lives

Where: Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center near Ellensburg WA
Hosted by: Bellingham Friends Meeting and Lopez Island Friends Meeting
For more information, contact Don Goldstein ( or 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:
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Back issues of the E-News
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And much more!
Announcements / Opportunities from Other Quaker Groups


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.  


Friends General Conference 
(Offers many resources including the ones listed below)
Building a deeper spiritual community in your meeting.

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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