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Forest Moon Church October Newsletter
Acct. ID: 330751
Notice ID: 17259
Posted: September 28th., 2010
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Proclaimed by: Forest Moon Grove
Proclaimed from: Mount Vernon, Washington
Greetings everyone, IT IS FACT, FOREST MOON IS OFFICIALLY A CHURCH. We are a Church under 501c3 recognized by WA State. We are now looking at building space and we are joining the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce on Friday October 1st Our next meeting is Oct 9 and we have moved the location to the Mount Vernon Food Co-op at 202 South 1st Street in Mount Vernon downtown. We always take suggestions for events and we need lots of fund-raising ideas as well as grants available which we are looking into heavily as we are going to be very community focused with a homeless closet for clothes, blankets, kitchen items etc. The prison ministry will be focused on the Monroe Prison here in WA.
Now, attached to this email is our vendors packet for Pagan Harvest 2011. If you plan on doing anything besides just visiting there is a spot for you to fill out. We WILL NOT be taking the fees until January 2011 when we have our Forest Moon bank account set up....however, I do need the application filled out and emailed back ASAP so I see responses and how much space I will have taken. There is no real space limit and all booths will have unlimited room as I have 3 buildings I'm renting and I want to have a 24 hr bonfire so will need fire watchers to tend the fire, this is steeped in history and tradition in Germany which is why I incorporated this into our event. I have a long list of guests coming for speaking and may have an Elders Table for a question and answer period of how various Pagan Traditions started/originated and how things are done in this Tradition etc. this is a good time to gather everyone together in celebration and learning about each-others traditions. I have many vendors coming from Canada our neighbors from the North including a wand and stave maker. I'm looking at a fun 2 days. Please get me your applications asap however so I can see who we have locked in and what the venues are.
Oct 2 is Pagan Pride in Bellingham at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 1708 I Street Bellingham WA. There are many vendors coming and I will be giving a workshop on Pagan in the Military, how they can be supported and issues they have.
I will be focusing also on a DFGL format which is a Distinguished Faith Group Leader, since the Military has no Pagan/Wiccan Chaplain. Forest Moon Grove as a legal church will now be affiliating Soldiers as DFGL's for the Military/ Army specifically since that is the branch I'm affiliated with and I know the Army regulations. If anyone has the regs for the Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard email them to me for our library if you could please. We are also forming a course for our Clergy a series of classes they must take and we are getting ideas as Oberon sent us his suggestion as to how Church of All Worlds does it. We are progressing and moving forward thanks to the support of all of you that have watched this dream grow over the years.
Oct 23 is the TERRA Tacoma Witches Ball starting at 6:00 PM at the VFW on Mckinley Ave in Tacoma. Tickets are 25$ Single/35$ Couple in advance and/or 25$ at the door.
Now, Oct 30 is going to be a busy day at Mystic Wonder all day. When the store opens we will have a Pagan Troop support packaging day, getting all the donations we have and putting them in boxes to ship out to our Troops we have on our list. Again, if you are deployed or know of someone deployed thats Pagan get me there address so we can get them added to the support list. Also, if you have stuff to donate to the Troops, if you are North of Seattle bring it to Pagan coffee on the 19th or call and we'll coordinate pick-up, 360-848-8515 for Eric or Ashley, if you live South of Seattle take it to Mystic Wonder 5505 Steilacoom Blvd Lakewood WA 98499 and his store phone is 253-584-4875. Troop support day will go from 11AM-1PM followed by DJ Conway's book signing from 1-3 followed by a potluck and a concert at 4 with Green Fay. There will also be a costume contest and lots of fun in general.
OCT 31 is our planned Samhain Ritual at Chris and Ria's in Daycreek.
Nov 13 is our Nov Pagan coffee pending on whether Cheyanne is coming into this world or not. If Ashley's not in labor then we will have coffee from 12-2 at the Mount Vernon Food Co-op 202 South 1st Street on the 3rd floor meeting room.
Dec 18 is our planned Forest Moon Yule party more to come.
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:
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 Sept 19 at Pagan Coffee and again, let us know if you need a ride to Pride Sept 12..
Eric and Issy
Our Phone number is 360-848-8515 call with any questions or concerns
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