August 31, 2016   Bellingham Quaker E-News
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Sunday, Sept 4, 2016
Silent Worship: 10 AM Worship

Second Hour:  Potluck with OWC Activity
Location:  Explorations Academy 1701 Ellis St   Map

Friendly Tasks for Meeting 

Care of Meeting: Sharon T 
Key / setup: Don G
Setup Helper: Wendy G
Greeter: Jessica B
Snack: (Potluck)
Kitchen setup: Ced Marsden
Kitchen setup Help: Mark H
Kitchen cleanup: Mark H
Kitchen cleanup Help: Dave H
Children's teacher: Susan R

Upcoming Second Hours:

September 11 – MfWfB
September 18 – Spiritual Journey: we invite a Friend to share theirs; contact M&C
September 25 – Quarterly Meeting
October 2 - Potluck
October 9 - MfWfB
October 16 - open
October 23 – Play reading (Don G facilitating)
October 30 – open

Calendar for Bellingham Friends

Monday, Sept 12, 7 - 9 PM
Earthcare Group
at Mary Ann P's home

Discussing Chapter 2 of Active Hope by Joanna Macy plus experiential exercise.  Please come even if you missed the August meeting.

Wed., Sept 14, 7 – 9 PM 
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

Location TBA
Discussing "WHEN BOOKS WENT TO WAR" by Molly Manning
Some copies available from Susan R.

Thurs, September 29, 7 - 9 PM
Spirit Group
at Larry T.'s home

Discussing "Community" 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 Aurora Fox ______

Note:  This will also be the September Concern of the month from SEC


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.
Activity groups within the Children's Program are: Infants and Toddlers (roughly, ages 0-2), Preschool (roughly, ages 3-5), Early Elementary (roughly, grades K-2), Upper Elementary (roughly, grades 3-5), and Central Friends (roughly, grades 6-8). In recent times, Infants/Toddlers/Preschool have been combined into one group due to lowish turnout among this age group. Also, if you have any ideas or suggestions for curriculum or programming,
I am hoping to put together a virtual scrapbook by age group of ideas so that teachers would have a resource to seed their curriculum. Games that work well, toys or equipment to bring, expeditions to take, friendly books, etc. NPYM requires a simple online background check for all teachers. PNQM covers the fee.
We currently have the following teacher needs: 
  • Infants and Toddlers (roughly, ages 0-2): one teacher needed
  • Preschool (roughly, ages 3-5): two teachers needed
  • Early Elementary (roughly, grades K-2): both teacher slots are filled
  • Upper Elementary (roughly, grades 3-5): one teacher needed
  • Central Friends (roughly, grades 6-8): two teachers needed

___________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.

___________From Joan Ofteness____________ 
Recommended Reading:  
"I thought that this Letter from Jim Winkler of NCC was a very thoughtful look at a nuclear threat."  

Two Overlooked Anniversaries by Jim Winkler
Two of the overlooked anniversaries in the United States are those of the atomic bomb attacks made by our country against the Empire of Japan on August 6 and 9, 1945. At the time of this writing, these anniversaries have come and gone. As in prior years, I lament that very little reflection on the role and place of nuclear weapons has taken place.
Recently, President Obama became the first sitting American president to visit Hiroshima. While he did not formally apologize for the attacks which killed tens of thousands of civilians, he did hold out the vision of a world without nuclear weapons.
click on picture for full article

________From Webmaster John Hatten________
Photos for Website
Thank you to everyone who has sent in pictures and to Wendy Goldstein for taking pictures! We now have 19 photos and it would be great to have more. You can see what we have so far at   If you haven’t already, take a look. If you aren’t yet there, please send in a picture of yourself or ask Wendy to take one the next time you see her at Meeting. If you aren’t happy with your picture, send in a new one or ask Wendy to take another. I love seeing all our lovely faces!.     If you already have a digital photo of yourself you would like to use, send it to 
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.  
Earthcare Group 

If you're interested in the Earthcare Group but/and unable to attend once or regularly, we invite you to discern how Earth/God/Spirit is calling you to act right now and email it to Mary Ann who will share your intention/commitment with the assembled group, who will then hold you and your intention in the Light!
Social and Environmental Concerns
Children's Program Committee

WOW! What a terrific campout! A dozen young Friends gathered with roughly the same number of adults at Excelsior Campground Saturday, and enjoyed a potluck, campfire with s'mores and conversation, tree-climbing, and worship the next morning. Thanks to all the kids who came! It was so good to see the long-time children of this meeting, Sebastian, Lily, Julian, Winter, Transcendance, Dometrius, and Annalisa, spending this special time with old friends Corwin and Miles, and new friends, Anthony, Letitia, and Alyssa. To those who couldn't make it, we missed you!

WELCOME HOME, Aurora! The committee is looking forward to having Aurora back from Alaska, and involved month to month again! We also give thanks for the faithful work of Laura Howrey, who has attended Children's Program Committee meetings this summer in Aurora's absence, taken minutes, and otherwise contributed to the work of our committee in many ways! THANK YOU, Laura! The committee's meetings are always open to interested Friends, and to questions or concerns from parents or kids.

VOLUNTEER TEACHER TEAM GROWS! Many hands make light work, many hearts and minds bring multiple facets of the Light to our children. I'm excited to announce that Jessica Bee has joined our team of volunteer teachers, including Susan Richardson, Dusty Andersen, Virginia Herrick, Aurora Fox, Kristen McLewin, Eric Bablinskas, Rob Dillard, and Rachel Van Boven. Most of our teachers only teach once in a three-month period. We could still use a couple more volunteers.
We also have a wonderful team of substitutes to fill in on short notice: Sharon Trent, Dorothy DeFremery and John Hatten. Thank you all! You're amazing!

WANT TO HELP BUT NOT A CONFIDENT TEACHER? Feel free to sit in one Sunday as an observer of a more experienced facilitator. Or, if you just need some suggestions, ask Virginia, Kristen, or Dorothy, or check the Children's Program cabinet at Explorations for materials, including several curriculum packets in the boxes of children's books. Or, check the Meeting website under "Links": There are two lesson plans from the "Friends Through Time" Curriculum, one on William Penn and one on Margaret Fell. If you use a curriculum lesson, please let Virginia, Dorothy, or Kristen know, and notify us of which children were present, so we don't repeat lessons too soon or with the same kids. Thank you!
Outreach and Welcoming Committee

The OWC will be facilitating another getting-better-acquainted activity on Sunday, September 4th between the end of announcements and the start of our regular first-Sunday potluck.  The activity will be fun for all, children included, and will be led by Don Goldstein.  Those who were new or returning attenders within the last year have been individually invited, but all are welcome and encouraged to join the fun!
The OWC will also 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 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 We meet next on Friday, September 9th, at 10 am at the Goldstein residence.
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 10, Saturday, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Table Mountain North end (side table) Alpine Floral Loop


The slightly lower “side table” is accessed from a historic, well-constructed, but neglected trail ascending the West slope. Expect alpine flora and a far west occurrence of Pinus albicaulis (whitebark pine) as we circumambulate the table top. Group A (Annie with acrophobes) return the same route, botanizing subalpine lake and waterfall. Group B (Bob with bolds) continues on the historic route steeply up (exposure) to the more familiar Table Mt. top where botanizing continues, descending via the east end trail. Elevation gains are 650 or 750 ft; distance about 8.4 miles depending on botanical wanderings. Alpine conditions prevail and may lead to weather dictated re-scheduling. Limit 10, therefore pre-registering required. Questions and register with Bob Lemon or (360) 714-8629.

Asters (likely alpine leafybract asters, Symphyotrichum foliaceum) brighten the trailside stone. Table Mountain Trail, August 10, 2015. (photo from

Announcements of Events in the Wider Community

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.


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.
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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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