May 18, 2016   Bellingham Quaker E-News
Editor's note:  Updated items highlighted in bright RED
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Sunday, May 22, 2016
Silent Worship: 10 AM Worship
Second Hour:
Applying Quaker Values to Food Choices - presented by Lynne Lohr
Explorations Academy 1701 Ellis St Click here for a  Map
A note from Ministry and Counsel

Please remember to honor our shared worship by arriving a few minutes before 10:00 each Sunday morning. If you arrive after 10 a.m., you may choose to wait and enter with the greeter at 10:15. Before entering the worship room, please silence cell phones, remove coats, and organize belongings so that noise is minimized as we settle into worship.
~M&C Friends
"And so, dear friends, live in love and unity, and be kind, and courteous, and tender hearted one towards another."
~George Fox

Friendly Tasks for Meeting 

Care of Meeting:  Wendy G
Key / setup: Karen S    
Setup Helper: (vacant) 
Greeter: Don G
Snack: Mary Ann P
Kitchen setup: Sharon T
Kitchen setup Help:
Kitchen cleanup: Mark H
Kitchen cleanup Help: Dave H 

Children's teacher:Virginia H

Upcoming Second Hours:

May 29 - Memorial day – no second hour
June 5 - Welcoming activity/game followed by Potluck

June 12 - MfWfB
Coming next week:  a link will be posted for the proposed guidelines for decision making in Meeting which are seasoning until next MfWfB.  Friends are asked to review it before the next MfWfB
Calendar for Bellingham Friends

Thurs,. May 19th, 7 - 9 PM
Spirit Group
at Larry T.'s home
(Still discussing Eastern Light:Awakening to Presence in Zen, Quakerism and Christianity by Steve Smith, last 2 chapters)

Wed., May 25, 7 – 9 PM 
Midweek Worship
Mary Ann P.'s home
Silent worship and worship sharing - 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month

Tuesday, June 21, 7 – 9 PM 
Book Group
Richardsons' home

Discussing "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain
Copies available from Susan R.

Saturday, June 4, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Bellingham Friends Retreat

(details below under "Retreat Planning Committee")
Query of the Month
Take time to learn about other people’s experience of the Light. Remember the importance of the Bible, the writings of Friends and all writings which reveal the ways of God. As you learn from others, can you in turn give freely from what you have gained? While respecting the experiences and opinions of others, do not be afraid to say what you have found and what you value. Appreciate that doubt and questioning can lead to spiritual growth and to a greater awareness of the Light that is in us all.


Bellingham Friends Announcements

___________________ From MfWfB ____________________

All Friends are asked to hold in their hearts and reflect worshipfully on
the following statement from the retreat Planning Committee:

"Our focus in this special time together will be on building a foundation for understanding our values, our purpose, our spiritual needs as a worshipping community, and how the space we meet in affects and reflects who we are. Our intention is to ground the Meeting in a foundation of meaning and intention out of which a sense of the meeting can grow."

______________________From Mary Ann Percy_______________________

Dances of Universal Peace: 
This Friday evening (the 20th) is the Bham monthly Dance meeting, and the folks facilitating have trained with Joanna Macy. They will be leading an evening of Dances around the Work that Reconnects.  It's at 7pm at the Center for Spiritual Living. 

 The Dances of Universal Peace are beautiful circle dances that are done singing simple chants of sacred phrases from spiritual traditions around the world. There are monthly meetings of the Dances in Bellingham. This month, on this Friday (the 20th), two dance leaders who have worked with Joanna Macy are presenting Dances that are oriented around the Work that Reconnects. A flier w/ more info is attached. 

________________From Nan Macy_________________

Pendle Hill offers Quaker Studies Online courses

click the link below for more inforamtion

_______________From Multiple Friends_________________

Interfaith Coalition coalition sponsors "C.A.S.T." (Coffee and Sandwiches Together)

offering food and friendship at the Opportunity Council parking lot in downtown Bellingham from 6 to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday. We are searching for volunteers to help us buy, make, transport and serve food to our homeless neighbors. Most volunteers work on a regular monthly shift. Can you help serve? Contact Program Coordinator, Mary Ann O'Hara, at (, or Interfaith Coalition at 734-3983.

_________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.

Announcements From Committees
Social and Environmental Concerns

Earth Stewardship - Friends, here are two opportunities to express our testimony of stewardship:
  • County Comprehensive Plan:  Attend workshops and offer comment to the County Council to get solid planning for protection of critical resources into our County Comprehensive Plan.  (See more information in Announcements from the Wider Community below) .
About those initiatives:  SEC asks that Friends who are working with any of the many initiatives that are gathering signatures for, or have already received placement on, the November ballot please contact the committee.  SEC is considering a coordinated presentation to the meeting that would describe pros and cons for all initiatives before us this election cycle.  We would also appreciate general comments regarding this idea.
Children's Program Committee

Friends, the new Children's Program Committee has met, and is approaching Friends individually about working with the kids once per quarter. We also need Friends who are not part of the regular rotation to substitute if someone can't make their regularly scheduled Sunday, or fails to show up and we need a pinch-hitter. If you have not been approached, but one of these roles speaks to you, please contact Virginia Herrick or Kristen McLewin.We're very excited at all the possibilities that are opening up with our wonderful group of children.
Outreach and Welcoming Group
OWG will present another getting-acquainted activity after announcements and before our usual first-Sunday potluck on Sunday, June 5th.  Wendy Goldstein will again facilitate and all are encouraged to participate for fun and getting to know each other a bit better.

A new document, "Regular Bellingham Friends Meeting Activities and How to Learn More About Them", is available on the greeting table at meeting.  It is also posted on our website and can be downloaded by clicking here . Although originally intended primarily for new attenders, it contains information that may be new even for long-time attenders.

Our next meeting, open to all interested Friends, will be on Saturday, June 11th. Contact Clerk Don Goldstein ( or 671-1395) for details.
Retreat Planning Committee

Bellingham Friends Meeting Annual Retreat: "Where is our Meeting Led, Spiritually and Geographically?"

Our day-long retreat this year is a wonderful opportunity to gather together and hold in the Light the lessons of our experience seeking to purchase a Meetinghouse last year. Our focus is on our spiritual foundation, and how that informs all that we can do and be in the world. We hope to explore our values, our purpose, our spiritual needs as a worshiping community, as well as how the space we meet in reflects and affects who we are.

Our retreat will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Saturday, June 4, in the downstairs of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. The program we have planned will include brainstorming, small group worship sharing (or worship walking), potluck lunch, a lively community-building activity, and time for whole-group worship discussion of the theme. Childcare with a focus on Friendly Fun will be provided!

PLEASE REGISTER! A Doodle poll will soon be in your email inbox! If you are not sure, but hope to be there, please register anyway. This will help us plan the program so everything goes smoothly. Parent and grandparents, when you register, please list the children (with ages) who will be attending with you.

Please bring a potluck  lunch contribution, along with your own serving dishes and utensils. The Meeting's plates, cups, bowls, and eating utensils will be transported to St. Paul's, as well as coffee and tea. A morning snack will be provided.
2017 Quarterly Meeting Planning Committee

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 will be at the Goldstein residence on Tuesday, May 24th, 7:30 pm.  Its main focus will be to decide on a theme for the QM session, some wording to describe it, and next steps needed to create a flyer announcing the session, for distribution beginning this September.  If you have a theme idea or are just curious about what QM planning involves, please join us or contact Don Goldstein in advance (671-1395 or
Announcements from Other Quaker Groups

Friends General Conference:

 Building a deeper spiritual community in your meeting.

PS - You can also sign up for updates on the Spiritual Deepening Program, which will launch in the fall.

_________________Friends Peace Teams ___________________

Peace Quest 2016
hosted by Friends Peace Teams. 
Olympia Monthly Meeting. 3201 Boston Harbor Rd NE, Olympia, WA
Saturday, May 21, 2016 --  8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Keynote address: “Letting our Lives Speak – Near and Far.”
Nancy Irving, former General Secretary
Friends World Committee for Consultation – World Office
Nancy has had three careers: with business trade associations, as a lawyer, and in management of Friends World Committee for Consultation. She is multi-lingual in Friends’ languages.  Presently, she lives in Lacey, Washington and is a member of North Pacific Yearly Meeting and serves as clerk of the 11th Pacific Northwest Quaker Women’s Theology Conference [2016]. 

Click here for flier
Click here for workshop schedule

Registration fee is $20.  
No charge for children up to 16 years of age (and childcare will be provided for those who pre-register them). Scholarships are available, and we will endeavor to assist with accommodations for visitors to Olympia.  
To register contact David Zarembka at

__________________Western Friend ___________________

on-line Meetings and Resources

  • 60 minutes of worship every Thursday
  • 11:30 AM Pacific / 12:30 PM Mountain
  • Come when you can, leave when you must. 
Native Plant Society Spring/ Summer Field Trips - open to all!

Note:  click here for a full list and description  of the field trip opportunities with the native plant society.  There is something wonderful you can do in the out doors almost every weekend from April through the summer and beyond!

May 20, Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM - North Cascades National Park Bioblitz
Saturday, June 4, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm - South Fork Valley Plant Survey
June 11, Saturday, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM - Salal Native Plant Garden
June 29, Wednesday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM - Sauk Mountain

Announcements of Events in the Wider Community

Opportunity to Support the Coast Salish Peoples:
Thursday, May 19, 5:00-8:00
$20 Delicious Salmon Dinner,
Live Auction, and some amazing art work and entertainment

(including Native Storytelling)

Te'Ti'Sen Center (Lummi Gateway Center)
4920 Rural Ave, Ferndale 
(Exit # 260 Slater Rd take Round about/s and turn right at Stoplight on Rural Rd, about 1/4 mile)

Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce is honoring Native American Tribes who have inhabited these lands for thousands of years on June 25 and 26.  This fundraiser is to help make this event possible to bring in canoes, artists, musicians, story tellers, and tribal representatives to share the culture and history. 
This event will be a state-wide attraction.  Freddy Lane is co-directing the event, Swil Kanim is organizing the performers, and there are dozens of people lending a hand in the planning, along with a documentary that is being made of this event.




Sunday, May 22,  4PM
  • RATED NR: _
With Director Josh Fox (Gasland) in attendance! Q+A After the film.
How do we come to terms with the reality that our atmosphere is becoming damaged beyond the tipping point? Documentarian Josh Fox returns to the Sundance Film Festival (where his Academy Award–nominated documentary, Gasland, premiered in 2010) to take on this question with personal passion and global reach.

When Fox realizes, after much soul searching, that the answers for how to respond to the degradation of our environment cannot be found in his own back yard, he travels the world to connect with communities that are already facing grave effects of climate change. What he finds is a complicated mix of tragedy and inspiration in the various ways climate change is affecting our value systems. How to Let Go of the World delivers a sobering portrait of the state of climate change, and takes stock of what makes humans survivors, and our societies so creative and resilient.


Earth Stewardship - Whatcom County Style:

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities hosts comment workshops on Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan.  

This critical document defines how we will, or will not, plan for protection of our portion of this earth.

At the workshops, citizens will learn how to turn their ideas for management of natural resources into policies.  4 workshops are planned on 4 topics. They will be held in 4 places in the county: Lynden, Deming, Bellingham and Ferndale.  One is done, three remain!

  • Deming: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, Monday, May 23, at Deming Library, 5044 Mt Baker Hwy, Deming.  This comment workshop will focus on policies addressing water availability, water pollution and the health of the Nooksack River
  • Bellingham: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, Thursday, June 2, at RE Sources for Sustainable Communities Sustainable Living Center, 2309 Meridian St., Bellingham. This comment workshop will focus on policies creating clean energy jobs and preventing fossil fuel export projects from Cherry Point.
  • Ferndale: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, Tuesday, June 7, at Ferndale Public Library, 2125 Main St, Ferndale. This comment workshop will focus on policies addressing urban sprawl, water availability and the health of the Nooksack River.

Click here for more information on the Comprehensive Plan.  


On-line Quaker Meetings for Worship

Ben Lomond - Morning Worship
Every Morning
7:30 - 8:00 AM
Click here

Western Friend Lunch-hour Worship

11:30 AM -12:30 PM
Click here and enter "Family Room"


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
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
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.

May 21, 2016 -  8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Peace Quest 2016
hosted by Friends Peace Teams. 
Olympia Monthly Meeting. 3201 Boston Harbor Rd NE, Olympia, WA

Registration fee is $20.  No charge for children up to 16 years of age (and childcare will be provided for those who pre-register them). Scholarships are available, and we will endeavor to assist with accommodations for visitors to Olympia.  Agenda available at Explorations Academy.
To register contact David Zarembka at

June 3-5, 2016 
Let's Go! Growing the Quaker Movement the World Needs Now 
Ben Lomond Quaker Center in California
with Nia Thomas and Hilary Burgin 

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

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)
Cll 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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