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June 29, 2016   Bellingham Quaker E-News
Editor's note:  Updated items highlighted in bright RED
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Sunday, July 3, 2016
Silent Worship: 10 AM Worship
Second Hour:
Potluck
Explorations Academy 1701 Ellis St Click here for a  Map
 
For Spirit Group - July 28th 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.  

Friendly Tasks for Meeting 

Care of Meeting: Sharon T
Key / setup: Lorina H    
Setup Helper: (vacant)  
Greeter: (vacant)
Snack: (potluck) 
Kitchen setup: Mark H   
Kitchen setup Help: Judy H 
Kitchen cleanup: Larry T
Kitchen cleanup Help: Mark H

Children's teacher: Eric B 


If you can fill a currently-vacant position, please contact Lorina.
Upcoming Second Hours:

July 10 – No second hour. Consider attending PRIDE parade
July 17 – No second hour. NPYM Annual session
July 24 – Meeting for Worship for Business (for July & August)
July 31 - TBA
August 7 – Potluck 
August 27 - 28  Meeting Campout
Calendar for Bellingham Friends

Wed., July 13 
No Midweek Worship this week
Mary Ann P. will be away
Usually 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month


Tuesday, July 19, 7 – 9 PM 
Book Group
at Sharon & Don's home
Discussing "brown girl dreaming" by Jacqueline Woodson
Some copies available from Susan R.


Wed., July 27, 7 – 9 PM 
Midweek Worship
Mary Ann P.'s home
Silent worship and worship sharing - Usually 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month


Thurs, June 28th, 7 - 9 PM
Spirit Group
at Larry T.'s home

Discussing first part of new draft chapter 4 from NPYM's "Faith and Practice".  See announcement above for link to obtain the material.

Sat and Sun, Aug 27th - 28th 
Meeting Campout
Excelsior Campground 
Watch coming issues of E-News for more details
Friends are again asked to review the proposed guidelines for decision making.  Seasoning continues as we pay careful attention to Quaker terminology and practice.  Click Here to read the current version.  It will considered for approval at the July 24th MfWfB

Bellingham Friends Announcements

SAVE the DATES!
Meeting Campout
Saturday, August 27 - Sunday, August 28

August 27- 28 will be dates for a Meeting Camping at Excelsior Group Camp Ground.  We will have lunch on our own, then a potluck supper.  After breakfast, we'll have Meeting for Worship, and non-campers are welcome to join us for that.  We have also reserved Friday evening at the spot, so anyone from Meeting is welcome to come early.  There will be opportunities to explore the old growth forest nearby, and to take native plant walks and we hope also guided bird walks.  More details later.  Contact Susan R. if you can help with organizing.
 

______From Interfaith Coalition Representative, Sharon Trent______


Whatcom County's Project Homeless Connect is
an annual day of support and services for homeless individuals.

This important event is coming up
Friday, July 22 from 9 to 4 p.m. at Bellingham High School.

Interfaith Coalition collects useful items to give away that day. We are in need of 

  • new underwear (adults & children)
  • tents
  • sleeping bags
  • flashlights and batteries
  • blankets
  • backpack
  • tarps
  • baby wipes
  • tennis shoes and boots
  • new socks
  • travel-sized hygiene items (shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotion, lip balm and razors.) Please do not bring clothing items.

Sharon Trent is gathering these things on Sundays (and other times too, as arranged).

If you would like to Volunteer for Project Homeless Connect on July 22, 2016
Click Here

 

___________________Carpool Requests________________________
 

___________From Kirsten Ebsen from Vancouver, BC_________
would like to connect with Friends travelling to the FGC Gathering by Amtrak.  
Her train leaves Everett at 5pm June 30th and arrives at St. Cloud, MN at 5:19 AM July 2nd.  Would like to share taxi from St Cloud which is closer to St. Joseph Campus than St. Paul/Minneapolis. Contact:  orcasandfishes@gmail.com
Her cell # is:  778-837-1746.

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Children's Program Survey

Friends, if you haven't had a chance to respond to Children's Program Committee's queries yet, please contact Virginia Herrick.  The link that appeared in the ENews for the past few weeks did not work correctly, so if you tried to use it, you were told that you had already completed the survey.  (Apparently Survey Monkey and Mailchimp do not play well together) . Answering the survey will NOT obligate you to facilitate a children's program -- the Children's Program Committee just wants to know what resources are in our community, which we may use in planning intergenerational activities, or seeking advice or suggestions. (Of course, if you feel moved to teach the Children about one of your interests, please let us know!) The questions are: 1. What skill or topic(s) do you know more about than most people? What is your passion? 3. What do you like to do in your spare time? Thank you, Friends!

_________Call for Pictures for New Photo Gallery on Website ________
 From John Hatten and Don Goldstein
A new photo gallery (http://bellinghamfriends.org/new-gallery ) accessible from our website’s “About Us” page (http://bellinghamfriends.org/about-us ) has been started.  Please submit a photo of yourself that you would like shared on the website to photos@bellinghamfriends.org 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.

-------------------from Aurora Fox (via Don Goldstein) -------------------

 "...please tell the Meeting I am pleased that I was approved [for membership] and that I really am enjoying Sitka and I love the taxi driver job. oh--and my blog about driving taxi here is linked below..."

https://sitkataxitales.blogspot.com/

Announcements From Committees
Social and Environmental Concerns

Friends led to carry our Quaker banner in the Bellingham Gay Pride Parade on July 10, please contact Judy Hopkinson.
 
Children's Program Committee

ATTENTION PARENTS: Your children are welcomed, nurtured, and cared for during worship and after! We have a terrific lineup of volunteers to share their interests and knowledge with the kids during worship.

Childcare hires: And we also recently hired Anna Row (daughter of Adrienne and granddaughter of Tom and Maddie) and WWU psychology major Dora Kovacs as our childcare providers. Anna and Dora are backup during first hour, with a special emphasis on fun for toddlers, and during second hour they are excited about playing games and having fun with all ages. You'll likely see each of them a couple Sundays per month.  Be sure to say "hi!"

Speaking of volunteer facilitators,-- we've also started our quarterly rotation of volunteers for Children's Program during Worship Sunday mornings!  The first month is already covered: Eric Bablinkas, July 3, Virginia Herrick, July 10, Sharon Trent, July 17, and Rachel Van Boven, July 24. Thank you, everyone!

CAMPOUT!! We are hoping families will consider coming to the campout Aug. 28, and Children's Program Committee is looking for Friends to spend time with the kids during worship Sunday morning so their parents can enjoy silent worship. At this time, we do not have any plans for paid childcare, so if you are willing and able, please contact Virginia!

The signup sheet still has spaces for Friends to sign up as childcare provider in August. If you are not currently on the quarterly rotation but would like to get involved, please contact Virginia or Kristen McLewin. Volunteers on the quarterly rotation facilitate one children's program every three months. If you're on the rotation, but unable to make it, contact Virginia. We have substitutes available! Thank you all! And a big thanks to our substitutes for standing ready: Kristen McLewin, Dorothy DeFremery, John Hatten, and Sharon Trent.
Outreach and Welcoming Committee

The OWC will be sponsoring a Second Hour for play reading in the near future, date to be determined by availability of participants.  If you are interested in reading one or two parts in a short play or plays (each 15 minutes maximum), please contact committee clerk Don Goldstein (671-1395, dnx6309@gmail.com).

The document "Regular Bellingham Friends Meeting Activities and How to Learn More About Them", is available on the greeting table at meeting.  It's also posted on our website and can be downloaded by clicking here.  "A Quaker Glossary" is another document from OWC that is available on the literature table and also by download from the "About Us" page of the BFM website. 

Our next meeting, open to all interested Friends, will be on Saturday, July 16th. Contact Don Goldstein (see above) for details.
North Pacific Yearly Meeting Information

Multnomah Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
North Pacific Yearly Meeting
4312 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97215
503-232-2822          www.multnomahfriends.org
June 19, 2016
Dear Friends, 


Multnomah Monthly Meeting (MMM) is asking North Pacific Yearly Meeting, through our member meetings and worship groups and through NPYM committees, to season the minute below for possible consideration at our 2017 annual session.  
As a resource we are including the minute that Multnomah Monthly Meeting approved in April, 2015 and revised in June, 2016.  Also included are action items that were not brought forward at MMM’s Meeting for Worship for Business for decision but were circulated with our minute to give Friends an idea of things MMM could consider over time and which different committees at our Meeting might take up as they are led.  
 
Andy Cross, clerk
Multnomah Monthly Meeting

 
MMM Welcoming / Inclusivity Minute
initially approved at Meeting for Worship for Business 2015 April - revised and approved at Meeting for Worship for Business on June 19, 2016

Multnomah Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, a Quaker Meeting, is an open and affirming faith community. We welcome all who come as religious seekers to share in worship and fully participate in the activities of our common life.  

Multnomah Monthly Meeting understands that the Divine Source is leading the Meeting to honor the gender identity and expression of each person, as determined by that person. We affirm that gender expression and identity may be fluid and changeable. We recognize that when we embrace the Light within the full spectrum of gender identities in our Meeting, our worship deepens and our community is enriched.

As part of our evolving struggle to live our testimony of equality, Multnomah Monthly Meeting minutes our commitment to becoming an affirming, safe, and nurturing place for everyone to live fully that which the Spirit is leading them to be. We extend our loving care to people of all genders, including transgender, genderqueer, cisgender, gender non-conforming and intersex persons, their families and friends

 
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.  Our first meeting tentatively selected as the session theme "Discerning our Leadings: Worshiping with our Lives", which has now been approved by BFM's MfWfB.  If you're interested in joining us or just curious about what QM planning involves, contact QMPC Co-clerk Don Goldstein (671-1395 or dnx6309@gmail.com). We meet next on Friday, July 1st, 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: 
 

July 2, Saturday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM     Heather Meadows Wildflowers

This will be a moderately easy hike in Heather Meadows. We will be looking at the variability in flowering of common subalpine meadow species by micro-habitat. We will also take a close look at any pollinators that we find on these meadow flowers. If we are very lucky, we might even find a few ripe huckleberries. Bring a lunch, rain gear (including pants), and sturdy shoes. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the southeast corner of Sunset Square parking lot out from the Safeway.

Contact Jim Davis at 360-296-5159 orjimdaviscpc@comcast.net with questions or to RSVP.

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Announcements of Events in the Wider Community

2016 Totem Pole Journey
In August, Jewell James' 2016 Totem Pole will be on its way to Winiepeg, Canada.  Preparations are being made now and it’s time to seek out the funding and support services to make all this happen. There are only 23 days left to raise the requested $8,000 so we’re asking that you rank this as a priority for your attention.   Click here to learn more and to donate:   Faithify 

Goal: Defeat the proposed fossil fuel export projects while laying the foundation for a broad-based alliance on future issues of common concern related to fossil fuels and climate change.

Objectives: 

  • Strengthen and expand alliances between tribes, intertribal organizations, the faith-based community, NGO’s, and community leaders in the Pacific Northwest and Canada that are opposed to the proposed export of fossil fuels from the Oregon, Washington, and western Canada.
  • Educate the general public and shape the narrative on this issue through scheduled events and informational material, radio and television coverage, and social media.
  • Promote a “get out the vote” message, to include distributing informational material at the scheduled events.
  • Strengthen and expand the network of coalition partners to help address the issue of climate change.
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Donation drive to support Syrian refugees
kicks off June 20



The Whatcom Peace and Justice Center
and
Voices for Peace in the Middle East
will sponsor a donation drive this summer to support refugees stranded in Europe. Goods collected will be traded for funds to support humanitarian and medical aid for people affected by conflict and natural disaster in the Middle East.

Items donated will be collected on a to-be-announced date and location in August and delivered to Value Village in Bellingham.  What to know how the donation drive will work? - click here for more information
 
Background:
Since March 2011, an estimated 9 million Syrians have fled their homes to escape war. Most are internally displaced within Syria, while over 4 million are in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt. One million have applied for asylum in Europe. The United States has pledged to accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of September; to date, 4,700 people have been approved by U.S. Homeland Security.
 
Refugees migrating to Europe from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan cross the Mediterranean Sea, arriving on beaches in the Greek isles. Locals scramble to provide them with food, water, and emergency supplies before they continue on to UN refugee camps. The Salaam Cultural Museum in Seattle is collecting and distributing aid to these areas in Greece.
 
Editor's note:  
The total number of forcibly displaced people is 1 of every 113 globally.
Syria is the single largest source for new refugees, but older conflicts, like those in Afghanistan and Somalia, continue to be big contributors as well.

Click here for the UN breakdown of the numbers

  
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Join Familias Unidas por La Justica on July 11th, the anniversary of FUJ's historic formation, and help celebrate the movement for farmworker justice. 

Where: Gather in the parking lot at the corner of Cook Road and Old Highway 99 in Burlinghton, WA. From there we will march (1.5 miles) to the Sakuma Bros. Farm Processing Plant for a short rally featuring FUJ members and supporters. 
When: Monday, July 11th @ 3:30pm 
What to Bring: Signs, banners, bullhorns, and as many people as possible!

For more information about the boycott go to:   
boycottsakumaberries.com.
https://www.facebook.com/events/975166839246615/


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Coming in JULY from Whatcom Land Trust:

Conservation Conversations:  Faith and Nature, with Charis Weathers  


Thursday, July 28, 6:00-7:30pm at the WLT offices, 412 N Commercial St
In July, Rev. Charis Weathers will introduce a “spin-off” to WLT’s Conservation Conversations. Charis will host a series of guided discussions on nature and conservation, each featuring two guests from different spiritual or religious traditions. Stand by for more details, but save this date for the inaugural episode of what promises to be a fascinating and lively conversation series.  

Photo: Joshua Eastland                                   

Eventbrite - Conservation Conversations: Faith & Nature, Ep. 1

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Looking Ahead to Wider Quaker Gatherings



General Meetings - Quarterly and Yearly Meetings and The Gathering
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July 3 - 9
Friends General Conference Annual Gathering of Friends for 2016

Theme:  be humble; Be Faithful; BE BOLD
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 www.fgcquaker.org/connect/gathering.


July 13 - 17
North Pacific Annual Session
Theme:  
From Despair to Strength and Joy
Whitworth University, Spokane, WA
Friend in Residence will be Diane Randall, FCNL

Registration is now open at npym.org

 
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.
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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)
Call 360 918-3642 or e-mail: david@friendlywater.net
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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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On Our Website:
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 Metamorphosis 
(our monthly newsletter - with feature articles and poetry and much more!)
Back issues of the E-News
(soon to include this one!)
And much more!
Announcements / Opportunities from Other Quaker Groups


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:
http://www.pendlehill.org/quaker-studies-online-a-new-pendle-hill-initiative/#.VzkJ-JMrL6A

 
Western Friend
Offers on-line Meetings and Resources
(as well as a wonderful Quaker magazine)
  • 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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