Bellingham Quaker E-News, February 18, 2015                                          View this email in your browser 

Sun., February 22 , Silent Worship 10 am
Second Hour:  ~ 11:45 am
Quakerism: Experience It! 
Session 4:
"Discerning God's Will: 'Gospel Order'"
(see below for suggested readings)
Meeting Tasks for this Sunday:

Care of Mtg - Susan R.
Key - Margaret H.
Setup help - Wendy C.
Greeter - Karen S.
Snack - Wendy B.
Kitchen - Mark H.
Kitchen help - Don G.
Children's Teacher - Lorina H.

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 provided on request.
Wendy will bring coffee to Meeting  / you can also email her at


Follow-up on vocal ministry (Life on the Mobius Stip)
Mary Ann Percy suggest the following links for Friends who are interested in Parker Palmer's thoughts on 'Life on the Mobius Strip'
Primary link here,  
Additional links:  A  B  C


Special Announcement
from our Interfaith Coalition Representative, Sharon Trent:

Interfaith Coalition auction - Sat, Mar 28th
(See Community announcements below)
This is a fun event that Friends support every year.  It is even more fun if you attend with F/friends.  The auctioneer is amazing.  Some people buy tickets for friends to accompany them (a great gift for a birthday or anniversary.) 
The Coalition includes most faith communities in the area.  The money they raise (mostly from this event) is used to support the Interfaith Clinic (providing medical, dental and mental health care), to provide severe weather shelters, to distribute coats and clothing to the homeless, and to provide housing for homeless families.  A Friendly outfit, indeed!

Here are some things we might contribute to the auction:
  • Hand-made clothing or art work
  • A basket with a theme - e.g. chocolate
  • Catering a meal - your place or theirs 
  • Sharing outdoor expertise - an organized hike
  • Monthly home-baked item - pie / cookies / bread ?
  • Craft or needlework lessons
  • Organizing a child's birthday party
  • Pysanky eggs.  Our Meeting has donated one or more baskets/trees every year for many years.  Sharon Trent will dye eggs, and invites interested people to call her (714-61410 to set up dates for egg-dying parties.  Combined with a coupon for a lesson in how to make them increases their value.
Big items, such as a trip or cruise, are auctioned live and smaller items are put in a silent auction.

March 13th is the very last day for me to deliver items to the Interfaith Office, so please bring the item or a description of the service to me before that date.
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.
Announcements from the Wider Community

Wed., Feb. 18 (TONIGHT)
Death Cafe of Whatcom County
6:30 at Moles Funeral Home
(corner of Lakeway Drive and Woburn Street) 
Background:  Death Café is an international movement to provide safe spaces for people to talk about death and dying. Friends may find, as have thousands worldwide, that opening ourselves to the reality of death is freeing, healing, and even joyful. Death Café is nondenominational and has no agenda except to offer open conversation about death. It is not a support group, although some attenders are grieving. It respects all beliefs and spiritual paths, but is not a forum for a discussion of theology. Discussion range from mystical near-death experiences to hospice and palliative care to the state's Death with Dignity law to availability.  All are welcome!
The Death Cafe generally meets at Moles Funeral home on the third Wednesday of each month.


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

Thursday, Feb 19, 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 19 - Nuclear power & weapons
Feb 26 - Climate change
Move to Amend national spokesperson David Cobb, 
attorney and lifelong activist, and former Green Party Presidential candidate
will speak in  Bellingham

Thursday, February 19,
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.


Interfaith Coalition Annual Hope Auction

Saturday, March 28, 2015 ~ 5:30 p.m.

Best Western Lakeway Inn & Conference Center
Bellingham, WA

Tickets are $45 a person for a delightful evening and an excellent meal.

Call 734-3983 to order tickets.

 "Party with a Purpose" 
See Announcement above from Sharon Trent for ways Friends can participate.

Celebrate Nature! 
Tip for February:
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.

Guided Field Trip Opportunity!

March 7, Saturday, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Shoreline Plants at Larrabee State Park

Join the Koma Kulshan Chapter of the Native Plant Society for a guided nature hike along the beach and up on the headlands within 100 feet of the ocean.  Meet at the Fairhaven west side Park & Ride (at end of 32nd St.) at 10:00 and carpool to the Clayton Beach parking lot. Bring a lunch, rain gear, and shoes that are good for climbing around on rocks. Contact Jim Davis at 360-296-5159 or with questions or to RSVP.

If you would like to organize a Quaker carpool to an outdoor event, (Meeting for Worship with Attention to Nature) just send a message to the editor !

  Upcoming Second Hours
March 1: Potluck and Baby Welcoming for Akeeva Manzo
March 8: Jay Thatcher and Katherine Spinner from NPYM will discuss Children's Program planning for Quakers.
March 15:  Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business (MfWfB)
March 22: Quakerism: Experience It!, Session 5
March 29:
 Eden Libby and James Leder  - Update on the Unistoten Clan's camp and their effort to block oil pipeline construction through their un-ceded ancestral land in Alaska. 
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?
- 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: 
Friends Committee on National Legislation, part 2
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

Feb 19 - Feb 28, 2015

Each film is completely FREE admission, and free parking at most events.

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

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

click here for more information



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)


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 th eCorner of Magnolia and Cornwall Streets.
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