Bellingham Quaker E-News, April 29, 2015                                       View this email in your browser 

Sun., May 3 
Silent Worship, 10 am

Meeting for Worship With Attention to Business, ~11:30
Please send reports, etc.  for distribution prior to meeting to the Clerk and recording clerk by Thurs.  
Meeting Tasks for this Sunday:

Care of Meeting: John H.
Key - Don G.
Setup help - vacant 
Greeter - Wendy G.
Snack - Jeanine H.
Kitchen - Carole T.
Kitchen help - Mimi F. 
Children's Teacher -  vacant 

Please contact Carole Teshima at to volunteer on a semi- regular basis.

Calendar for Bellingham Friends

Wed., May 6, 7-8:30 PM
Midweek Worship

Where: Mary Ann Percy's home
(1 hr worship + worship sharing and/or check-ins).
 Friends gather for midweek worship on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays each month.  

May 19 6:00 pm
"Clerk's Supper"

Potluck at the Richardson's (all are welcome)
RSVP to Susan, please, and speak with Susan to determine what type of dish to bring.

Sat., Sept. 12th 2 pm through  Sun, Sept. 13th 2pm
Annual Retreat
Camp Lutherwood
(see Announcements for more information)
From / For Bellingham Friends
From Don and Wendy Goldstein
A number of food-serving items and containers were left behind at Wendy and Don's wedding on April 11th.  
If one or more of the following articles is or may be yours, please contact Don (671-1395, to claim it so we can get them all returned to their owners:
--- 13 by 9 by 2 inch Pyrex baking dish
--- Round ceramic or glass serving plate (we have 3 of them)
Children's Program Announcement:
For those who have said they would like to teach but aren't sure how to go about it, there will be a teacher training session.  Contact Sharon Trent at 714-6141 to set up a time.  We welcome all Friends to participate.  Our children need us!
Annual Retreat:

The 2015 BFM Annual Retreat Planning Committee announces that the retreat this year will take place at Camp Lutherwood, on Lake Sammish just south of Bellingham, beginning about 2 pm on Saturday, September 12th and ending about the same time on Sunday, September 13th.  Most, if not all, of us will be staying overnight in one of two modern lodges with beautiful lake views and cozy kitchens/small meeting areas.  Camping space is also available.  Program details will be coming in June and July, but please mark the dates on your calendars now.  
Contact committee clerk Don Goldstein at
or 671-1395.
From Ministry and Counsel:

Maya Hatten-Beck is home!  Please continue to hold Maya, John, Katy and Frieda Hatten-Beck in the Light as she continues her recovery.

Friends are asked to hold Kristen McLewin in the Light as she recovers from a serious fall from her horse. 

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.
Opportunities for Friendly Activists

2 Initiative petitions are hitting the streets this month
Both speak to our Testimonies

I 732  - concerns taxes.  This measure would impose a carbon emission tax on certain fossil fuels and fossil-fuel-generated electricity, reduce the sales tax by one percentage point and increase a low-income exemption, and reduce certain manufacturing taxes"  
CarbonWa is the sponsor
for more information click here
I 735 - An Act Relating to the influence of corporations and money in our political system; and creating new section. This act declares that the people of Washington State support amending The Constitution of the United States to eliminate the undue influence of concentrated money and political power on elections and governmental policy. The amendment would overturn decisions by the Supreme Court of the United States extending constitutional rights to corporations and other artificial legal entities as well as those decisions equating the spending of money with free speech. It also provides for the regulation and disclosure of political contributions and spending.
Bellingham I-735 Launch party
Saturday, May 2nd - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Boundary Bay Brewery
1107 Railroad Ave
Bellingham, Washington 98225
contact Debbie Cantrell at
or 360-920-0981 with questions
for more information click here
(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: 

  • Friends' Leadings Series:  Hospice work of Lorina Hall and Jeanine Hart-Horner.  
  • Lightcatcher Museum article: 
    • Exhibit: Mingled Visions: Images from the North American Indian by Edward S. Curtis.
    • Speaker:  Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher author, Timothy Egan 
May --  will feature Larry Thompson's leading regarding the jail and mental health needs.

Celebrate Nature! 

SAT  May 2

Click here for a video describing the event


Check out introductory nature walks with the Native Plant Society:

Sun,, April 26, 1:30-3:30 pm: Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve
Thurs., May 7, 6:00 pm to dusk: Hidden Forest Foray at Sehome Arboretum
Sat., May 16, 1:00-3:00 pm: Padden Lagoon
Thurs., May 21, 6:00 pm to dusk: Coastal Ethnobotany at Woodstock Farm
Thurs., May 28, 6:00 pm to dusk: Downtown Plants at Maritime Heritage Park.    
Click here for more information:
  Upcoming Second Hours

May 10 – Potluck (Mother's Day)
May 17 – QEI – Don Goldstein, Quaker History II: Diversities Among Friends
May 24 – Memorial Day weekend (extended social time)
May 31 – County Comprehensive Plan - visioning workshop

Looking ahead to wider Quaker gatherings: 

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.

Nepal Disaster Relief Fund 
organized by Dr. Frank James

Here is Frank's message about the funding effort:
"In a desperate effort to get money to the contacts we know through our medical mission in Nepal last summer, we have created a gofundme, which is just one of many efforts going on right now that are trying to get aid to people as quickly as possible and help those who may otherwise be overlooked. Please check out the link to donate, share the link if you are interested, or donate to another organization of your choosing. Small amounts will go a long way, so any amount is very appreciated.
Query of the Month
"Live adventurously. When choices arise, do you take the way that offers the fullest opportunity for the use of your gifts in the service of God and the community? Let your life speak. When decisions have to be made, are you ready to join with others in seeking clearness, asking for God’s guidance and offering counsel to one another?

Advices and Queries. - #27 in the Little Red Book

Announcements from the Wider Community
April 29 (today), noon-1:20
WWU - Haggard Hall 253

World Issues Forum
“Trade Agreements Reveal How Life Will be Organized in 2050”
Stan Sorscher is Labor Representative at the Society for Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) and President of Washington Fair Trade Coalition.
Today, we are negotiating two large trade agreements - the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, that will set terms favorable for global companies and investors. These agreements will cover 80% of the world’s economy and determine how life is organized at the global level for a generation or two. 

Thursday, April 30, 5:30 - 8:00

Empty Bowls Benefit
Bellngham Food Bank & Maple Alley Inn

Where:   Old World Deli, 1228 N. State St. Bellingham, WA  98225
phone:    (360) 738-2090

Whatcom Artists of Clay and Kiln (WACK) invites you to an artful event to benefit the Bellingham Food Bank and Maple Alley Inn. $15 entry fee includes a handmade bowl, a portion of soup and bread. There will also be a silent auction of platters handmade by local ceramic artists. Hosted by Old World Deli.
Information: 360-306-0338
Price: $15

The Realities of Advanced
Medical Interventions

Presented by
ICU Nurses Maureen “Koala” RN & Cathy RN, BSN 
1207 Ellsworth Street • Bellingham
360 733 3837
MAY 13, 2015 • 7:00PM

June 10, 2015
League of Women Voters presents:
Alison Holcomb 
National Director of the ACLU Campaign to End Mass Incarceration
Smart Justice, Fair Justice

5:30 - 7:30 pm
Mt. Baker Theater Encore Room

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.


WHEN: May 3, 2015 @ 10 am – 4 pm
COST: Bring a potluck dish to share

March begins at 10am at 
La Gloria Market on Meridian and Laurel

We will march to 
Maritime Heritage Park,
arriving at 
1:30pm for the potlatch!

Farmworker March for Dignity Route

For more information, click here

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! 

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