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Forest Moon August Newsletter
Acct. ID: 330751
Notice ID: 17191
Posted: July 29th., 2010
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Proclaimed by: Forest Moon Grove
Proclaimed from: Mount Vernon, Washington
Greetings everyone, Lot of things going on here, we will be submitting our church paperwork tomorrow (friday) as soon as we have the funds to do so, then it will take 2 weeks and we will have filed the articles of incorporation which is the first step. Once their filed we are officially a church and then its on to the IRS forms which will be more time but we have most of the questions answered so just a matter of waiting.
Issy has been working on making oils, and is excited about learning soap and candle making so that is her new venture, we have the Foxfire series which I encourage anyone to get and she will be going by that as well as internet sources. Other things planned in the future will be making maple syrup, and obviously living from our garden etc. The pumpkins and corn are looking great, we now also have a strong squash plant and 10 very tall sunflowers about to bloom. Everything else in the garden is progressing as well. The chickens are growing and now we have the problem of fighting off hawks when I let them out to play. Jack, our rooster is good about herding them to safety and warning me that the hawks are out and we herd them back into their house to safety. Needless to say we have some very disgruntled hawks since they never get a meal from our chickens. I got my first batch of blueberries yesterday very large and sweet, and I planted 3 more raspberry plants. Getting excited about fair season and will be going to the Skagit Valley Fair Aug 11, Lynden Fair Aug 16 and then Puyallup Fair Sept 11, always getting new ideas for farm progression on our little hobby farm here. Our Pagan kids will be able to come out and get pumpkins in September-October time frame.
August 8 will be the Skagit Pagan Lammas potluck at Donovan Park in Alger WA from 12-300. Bring a dish and a smile and we'll have a good time. Now, August 27-30 is our Pagan Camp-out which I have moved to Lake Tyee as we have a space up there and have already started setting up the tents and cleaning up the grounds. My focus with this will be survival skills. I started the idea a few years ago and had a good response but the idea never happened. Now that I'm out of the Army and have much more time we will learn the psychology of survival, tools of survival, edible plants, shelter, food and fire, and some medical. Also some emergency land navigation. It'll be a fun time albeit primitive to an extent. Lake Grandy charges a fee and we'll be free at Tyee I just need a good RSVP otherwise you won't get in because it is a gated community. Bring your camping gear and sense of adventure, this is open to kids as well as adults as these classes are geared to adults as well. I will be jumping back into Skagit Search and rescue as well soon as the mountains are my home and I'm very calm there so might as well help the lost as well.
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:
8 Aug Lammas Potluck 12-3 at Donovan Park in Alger, WA
27-30 Aug. Pagan Camping Lake Tyee, 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 to plan for. 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 . Will keep you all informed as things progress and we enjoy hearing from everyone. Hope to see everyone August 8 at the potluck and at the camp-out.
Eric and Issy
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