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Forest Moon July Newsletter
Acct. ID: 330751
Notice ID: 17161
Posted: July 6th., 2010
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Proclaimed by: Forest Moon Grove
Proclaimed from: Mount Vernon, Washington
Greetings everyone, just some updates on Forest Moon that is going on along with a schedule and I'm including our goals and mission as is written in our bylaws. For some of you that don't know our history I started Forest Moon in 2005 as a network for my combat group, Desert Moon which I ran 2 different tours in Iraq with roughly 40-50 Soldiers and AF both in Balad 04-05 and Tal Afar 05-06. Forest Moon has run since 2005 and has been mostly online and is international. I have since been medically retired from the Army Dec of 2009 so we are focusing now mostly on Pagan Community in the North West side of WA State in Skagit County and surrounding areas.
OK we aren't having a potluck for July but we will have a Pagan Coffee July 17 1200-200 at the Whidbey Coffee shop in the Burlington Mall. This is an important meeting and I need everyone that can make it to attend as we get our Tribe going and focused, also the first family Tribe camping trip is on the schedule for 27-30 August at Grandy Lake Campground, bring your tents and gear and we'll have some fun. We only need 1 signature for our board to be formed and then we'll file for our church status. I'm also working in our DFGL format for Soldiers needing status to lead groups in combat, there will be no fees attached but they will be required to take a Pagan knowledge test and some courses on death and dying, dealing with public relations, and a brief overview of all Pagan Traditions specifically, Druids, Wicca, Asatru, Shamanism, and any input for other groups would be encouraged. We have 1 Soldier in Korea and 1 in Afghanistan we are currently supporting, we will be having donation drives soon and if you are having a Pagan Pride event in your area and wish to collect supplies for Pagan Troops by all means its needed. We are shooting for Oct 1-2 2011 Pagan Pride in Mount Vernon, WA at the Skagit Valley Fairgrounds, it will be a 2-day event and we will be working on vendors, speakers, and a couple concerts throughout both days, also planning on a local belly-dancing Troupe to perform. If you wish to vend or have a class you wish to teach please let me know so we can schedule you in, we have a year to prepare for this but it's also easier on the calendars to get people in early.
Some cool local news Gypsy Soul our local Paganish supportive store is open in Laconner now, she is at 1st Street in the Pier 7 building in Laconner. We also found a Norse bakery/diner called the Norse Pantry, will be looking at them also as vendors for Pagan Pride, they are very friendly and located in Laconner as well just a little North of Gypsy Soul's location.
We had our main ultra sound and we have a baby girl named Cheyanne due in November 24???? so also looking forward to that for sure so we're keeping November quiet but planning Yule party 18 Dec location will follow. Our nursery theme is dragons so any of my artistic friends who wish to draw some dragon baby friendly art for her nursery would love to have it and will be cherished.
Now more on Forest Moon Tribe, we will be looking at grants etc to get them off the ground for supplies etc, I'm also looking at firework stand for next July as a fundraiser. The coffee meeting on the 17th will be to see how many kids are starting in the group, the syllabus is made and we'll be starting on that, if you don't have a syllabus let me know and I'll email you a copy.
We do have a network site at www.forestmoon.spruz.com it has chat-room capability and we'll announce events on the site as well. Our current calendar is as follows:
17 July Pagan Coffee at Whidbey Coffee in the Burlington Mall this will be an important
8 Aug Lammas Potluck 12-3 at Donovan Park in Alger, WA
27-30 Aug. Pagan Camping Grandy Creek, WA
25 Sep Trip to Seattle for Pagan Pride if anyone needs rides let us know
25 Sept Mabon Celebration more to follow
2 Oct Bellingham Pagan Pride...more to follow
30 Oct Samhain Party, costumes and DJ Conway Book Signing at Mystic Wonder
24 Nov?????? Baby Cheyanne comes into the world
18 Dec Forest Moon Yule Party more to follow
I need an RSVP for the camping trip so I know how many camp spaces to hold etc. any other questions feel free to email back. We do also have our itinerary/syllabus made out for the kids group if you wish to look at it I can send it.
In closing here is the mission and goals of Forest Moon as written in our Articles:
The Mission of this organization shall be to provide a safe, open environment for the Pagan
Community to gather and practice their faith; educate and prepare the children of our community in
their Pagan Faith, as well as necessary life skills; and hold events to bring the community together in
support of unity.
The goals of this organization shall be:
1. To raise awareness of Paganism in the community, by:
Holding educational events open to the public (i.e. Pagan Pride)
And creating an open, welcoming environment
2. To Educate the children of our faith and provide them a safe outlet to express
themselves and learn about their religion.
. Establish Forest Moon Tribe; a children's scouts' group. We take on children aged 4-
18 and teach them basic survival skills, camping, fishing, swimming, as well as
spiritual awareness of all the pagan paths, elemental work, spell-craft and ritual
structuring, etc. As well as getting the children involved in Community Volunteer
3. To Provide an open environment for the Pagan Community to gather and practice their
faith with others of like-minded belief.
Establish a weekly meeting for local Pagans to come together and discuss general
life topics in the Pagan community.
Establish Forest Moon Sanctuary, which will be a Sanctuary in Skagit Valley, WA. It
will be a self-sustaining green-living community, set up as an education center and
working farm, so groups can come out to worship on untouched land, hold events,
and have a sense of safe, pagan community.
4. To Provide support to those in need in our community.
Establish a Homeless Closet, through donations, to provide clothing and kitchen
essentials to those in need.
Establish a Prison Ministry to go to the local Prisons and minister to the Pagan
5. To support our Pagan Soldiers while they are in a hostile environment and ensure they
have the materials they need to continue their faith while away, by:
Holding supply drives to gather the necessary materials to send to the Troops
Holding fundraisers to raise money to buy the supplies needed to send to the
deployed Pagan Military personnel.
Working to get symbols approved for Military headstones through the VA for
Druids, Asatru, and the Goddess symbol.
Encouraging the DOD to approve a Pagan Chaplain in support of our Pagan Troops
. Assist in Equal Opportunity problems that may occur with the Pagan Military
We do have a paypal for donations anyone wishes to send for expenditures but as a church nothing in way of dues or membership fees will ever be asked. Our paypal is firstname.lastname@example.org . I hope this finds everyone well and enjoying this season, our garden is thriving along with the orchard. Our chickens will start laying in August and eggs and vegetables will be available for our Pagan community to enjoy soon. Will keep you all informed as things progress and we enjoy hearing from everyone. Hope to see everyone July 17.
Eric and Issy
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