Bellingham Quaker E-News, February 11, 2015                                          View this email in your browser 

Sunday, February 15  
Second Hour:  
Worship Sharing 
"Our Experience of Quaker Worship"
facilitated by Virginia Herrick. 
Meeting Tasks for Sunday, February 8:

Care of Mtg - Virginia H.
Key - Don G.
Setup help - Wendy C.
Greeter - Wendy B.
Snack - Laura H.
Kitchen - Mark H.
Kitchen help - Winter B.
Children's Teacher - Vacant

Please contact Carole Teshima at to fill a to volunteer on a semi- regular basis or to fill any vacant role for the coming week.
Announcements from Friends
Potluck with Janine Bruton
Saturday, February 21st
6 pm
at the Richardson's
click here to RSVP 
Janine (our former clerk) will be visiting in Bellingham the weekend of Feb 21 to 22.
She will be at meeting on Feb 22.

More Special Visitors on the Way!
Jay Thatcher and Katherine Spinner  (from North Pacific Yearly Meeting) will present a Second Hour on planning Quaker Children's Programs on March 8

Wendy Courtemanche is selling coffee to help fund the
Salish Sea Experience for fourth graders

at Sunnyland Elementary School. 
 $10 / 12 oz. bag.
whole bean or ground,
regular or decaf.  
cash or checks payable to the "Sunnyland PTA."
Tax deductible receipts provide upon request.
Wendy will bring coffee to Meeting  / you can also email her at

Regarding an Annoucement at Rise of Meeting
Our Concern of the Month for February is
Community to Community
This organization helped organize a farmworkers tribunal before our Washington State Legislators.  
Click here for transcript 
(Breath Deep and rest in the Light before you read this.)
From Ministry and Counsel:

Maya Hatten-Beck continues to recover at Ronald McDonald House following her December bone marrow transplant. Please hold her and her family (John, Katy and Frieda) in the Light.

To honor and nurture our precious silent worship together, please plan to arrive before 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Please enter the hallway outside the worship room quietly, as voices carry. Please silence cellphones and arrange belongings before entering, and keep comings and goings during worship to a minimum.
Thank you.

Celebrate Nature! 
Tip of the week:

February is an outstanding time for viewing waterfowl, grebes, loons, scoters and other visitors to the spit and surrounding waters of Drayton Harbor and Semiah- moo Bay.

The Audubon Society is offering a free guided tour!
Birding at Semiahmoo Spit and Drayton Harbor
February 17 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Time: 9 AM at Semiahmoo Park, 3-4 hrs
Meet in gravel parking lot behind the Semiahmoo Re- sort Restaurant
Trip Leader: Steven Harper No registration required

For more information contact Steven Harper: steven- or 360-650-9065.

If you would like to organize a carpool to one of these events (or some other nature outing), send a message to the editor and it will go into the next E-News!
Announcements from the Wider Community

Energy & Climate: the defining issue of our time
a six – part workshop series
Thursdays, Jan 22nd – Feb 26th

Thursday, Feb 12, 6:30 - 8 pm
RE Sources Sustainable Living Center (above The RE Store)
2309 Meridian St, Bellingham (map)
Each topic may be attended as a stand-alone class. These courses are free and open to the public. No registration necessary. 
For more information:
Feb 12 - Photovoltaic & other solar
Feb 19 - Nuclear power & weapons
Feb 26 - Climate change

World Issues Forum
Wednesdays, noon - 1:20 pm
Fairhaven College Auditorium

February 11 (TODAY)

“Planting For Future Generations - Environmental Justice in Guatemala"
Jorge Armando Lopez, Chico Mendes Reforestation Project in Guatemala with his son 
Within the greater contexts of environmental justice, climate change, and indigenous peoples’ struggle for survival and sovereignty, community activist Jorge Armando will highlight his work with the Chico Mendes Reforestation Project in Pachaj, a Maya K’iche’ village in Guatemala. 
For more information click here 


Feb 19 - Feb 28, 2015

Each film is completely FREE admission, and free parking at most events.
6:30pm & 9:00pm (PFC) Pickford Film Center | The Wisdom to Survive | (56m/2013/USA) Examines the challenges that climate change poses and discusses meaningful action that can be taken by individuals and communities.
Opening night auction (6:30-8:45pm) and Reception between shows.

Over 20 exciting films in this AWARD WINNING
festival. Click
here for a complete schedule


Move to Amend national spokesperson David Cobb, 
attorney and lifelong activist, and former Green Party Presidential candidate
will speak in  Bellingham

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Elks Lodge
710 Samish Way
98225 Bellingham, WA
free parking

"Challenging Corporate Rule & Creating Democracy"

David's presentations are part history lesson and part heart-felt call-to-action!

Free - donations appreciated.
Upcoming Second Hours
Feb 22:  Quakerism: Experience It! Session 4: Discernment 
Feb 29: TBA
March 1: Potluck
March 8: Jay Thatcher and Catherine Spinner from NPYM will discuss Children's Program planning for Quakers.

March 15:  Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business
Bellingham Friends Calendar of Events
Weds., Feb 18, 7-9 PM
Midweek Worship

Mary Ann Percy's home
(1 hr worship + worship sharings and/or check-ins).
 Friends gather for midweek worship on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays each month.  
Future dates will be on March 4, 18, etc.


Book Group
March selection:  I Am Malala

Get your library copy NOW from Susan Richardson
Susan has a book club kit from the library and with more copies available.
Contact her by email at 
Book group meets: March 10 (?) (details TBA)
Query of the Month

Is the vocal ministry exercised under the leading of the Holy Spirit without prearrangement, and in the simplicity and sincerity of truth? As we listen, or as we speak, are we guided by the Inward Light and sensitive to one another's needs? Are we careful not to speak at undue length or beyond our Light?
From: Advices and Queries, Faith and Practice, NPYM, p. 41: 
Coming in the Metamorphosis

(Each month’s Metamorphosis is available on our website ( ) the Wednesday following Meeting for Business. A few of the many offerings in the current issue are: 
Couples Enrichment Workshop report 
Friends Committee on National Legislation
More on FCNL
Quakerism: Experience It!  

Readings for QEI:  Some are online, some are not.  To access the ones on line, click here and go to the folder titled "Xtra Readings, Pamphlets, Articles, Charts, Papers"  then go to the file titled:
"Reading Materials Compilation.pdf"

Here is a description of Session 4  -
"Discerning God's Will: 'Gospel Order"
"What is "gospel order"? What is the relationship between the Meeting and its members? Where do discipline and nurture come from in the Meeting? Are there ways that you feel the Meeting oversees your activities? Do you think your Meeting should be more or less involved in your personal life?"

Here are the readings for February 22 - Session 4:
For Study:
Sandra Cronk, "Gospel Order: A Quaker Understanding of Faithful Community," pp. 4-44.
Fox, Journal of George Fox, pp. 577, 666-668.
Michael Sheeran, Beyond Majority Rule, pp. 19-43, 92-99.
John Punshon, Encounter with Silence, pp. 29-35.
 (Short of Time?  Read Cronk, pp. 4-8, 17-20, 32-38; and Sheeran, pp. 19-34, 38-43.)

For Reflection:
Acts of the Apostles, Chapters 3, 4:32-5:42
            (Short of Time? Read Chapter 5.)

Friends who have copies of the books, please consider doing your reading this week, and bringing the books to Meeting this coming Sunday so others can borrow them. 
Looking ahead to wider quaker gatherings: 

PNQM Spring Quarterly Meeting – April 24-26, Ellensburg, WA:  Theme: Lift Every Voice – Music & Spirituality

Friends General Conference (FGC) Gathering of Friends – July 5-11, Western Carolina Univ., NC 

North Pacific Yearly Meeting (NPYM) Annual Session  - July 15-19, Whitworth Univ., Spokane

Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) Fall Steering Committee Meeting:October 22 - 25  at Ben Lomond Quaker Center near Santa Cruz, CA 

Bellingham Friends are reminded to contact Ministry and Counsel for assistance reaching clearness about attending, and/or availability of financial assistance for attending any  Quaker event.

Announcements from the Wider Community
Thursday, February 12
Whatcom Reads Presents:

The Story Behind
"The Boys in the Boat"

Bellingham Public Library
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Come hear Judy Rantz Willman, daughter of Olympian Joe Rantz, speak about the genesis of "The Boys in the Boat, tell several stories about her dad and her family, and reflect on why the best-selling book is having such an intense effect on readers all over the nation.


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Women's Economic Security in Whatcom County

The League of Women Voters® of Bellingham/Whatcom County will present and lead a discussion about the implications of its recently completed in-depth study of Women's Economic Security in our community. 

Sat, Feb. 21,  10 am - noon
Doors open at 9:30 am
Bellingham Technical College, Settlemyer Family Hall, Bldg G
Free Parking



Lightcatcher Museum, Bellingham
February 7 - May 10, 2015

Edward S. Curtis, circa 1888 

Mingled Visions features 40 original photogravures from

Edward S. Curtis’ epic work, The North American Indian,

including one of Curtis’ earliest images taken in 1895 of Princess Angeline, the elderly daughter of Chief Sealth. The portrait won the top prize in a photographic contest and helped launch his photographic career, ultimately leading to his mission to document and celebrate the vanishing heritage of Native American people. He spent three decades documenting more than 80 tribes west of the Mississippi, producing more 40,000 images and thousands of pages of text. A definitive project of the American West, The North American Indian was published in 20 volumes from 1907 to 1930.

A traveling exhibition organized by the Dubuque Museum of Art, Iowa

Docent Tours of the exhibit (and our own Joan Oftenness is a docent) will be offered on Thurs, Sat., and Sun. at 1:30 pm, beginning on Feb 14.

On  April 27 Timothy Egan, who wrote “Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher:  The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward S. Curtis” will speak at the Mt. Baker Theatre at 7pm (free admission)

General Information:

Ways to connect with Friends:   click on the links below for

  1. Bellingham Friends Facebook Page 
  2. Bellingham Friends Meeting website
  3. Bellingham Friends listserve
  • Please contact Allen Stockbridge by email if you have any trouble connecting to either the Facebook account or to the Yahoo group.
  • See the October 2014 Metamorphosis for more information.

Bringing snack? You may make this a contribution to Meeting, or, if you would like to be reimbursed, please write your name and "please reimburse" on your receipt/s and put in the Donations box. Thank you! 

Posting items  to the website calendar? Contact Virginia Herrick ( if you need help