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Forest Moon Grove Updated Overview
Acct. ID: 330751
Notice ID: 17703
Posted: September 20th., 2011
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Proclaimed by: Forest Moon Grove
Proclaimed from: Mount Vernon, Washington
Greetings, this update is including several new folks that joined our email list and groups from Pagan Pride events and several new that joined the Spruz site, yahoo group and facebook page so Iím going over new dates and new stuff going on in our various projects we take on. Iíve broken them down by project starting with our Troop support. Forest Moon Grove is a legal non-profit Pagan Church in Northern WA State specifically Mount Vernon (Skagit County) and recognized by WA State. We will be 501c3 through the IRS eventually and are in the process of raising the 400$ needed to file. We are Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce members and have various connections within the community businesses. We will be interviewed by the Skagit Valley Herald September 20th on Forest Moon projects and Paganism in general which may open some doors as we will see. We have also done interviews on Pagan Podcasts in the past and they are available for listening too.
Forest Moon Troop support
We still have our group in Afghanistan although our group leader has been on leave as he has a new one coming into his family. For our Troops we always look for donations of Pagan books, stones, herbs, music, ritual items, candles, mortar and pestles, tarot decks and rune stones, scrying mirrors, and drinking horns. We also offer DFGL (Distinguished Faith Group Leaders) status for those groups that donít have a leader as the Military does not have a Pagan/Wiccan Chaplain in the Army so DFGLís are an important asset for all Military Pagan groups and are required by Military Regulation for any group. We offer advice for VA issues as we also have contacts within the VA for issues Veterans face, I was in the Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Lewis and still have many connections for issues facing our Wounded Warriors. I also maintain a library of all Military regulations and keep them updated to assist any Pagan Soldier with problems faced by the Military as being a Pagan in the Military can be trying at times. November 5 will be our first formal Pagan Troop packaging day and we will have our kids group making Yule cards and decorating boxes etc.
Forest Moon Community Support
Monthly coffee meetings. We meet once a month at 1200 at the Whidbey Coffee in the Cascade Mall in Burlington, WA. Our current schedule is 8 October, Nov 5, and Dec 3. Topics range and we have a business meeting then as well. Also, October 29th we will have a Halloween party here at the HQ complete with a history lesson on Halloween as well as Samhain, dunking for apples and plenty of food and candy for the kids, and Tarot reading s for the Witches New Year. It will start at 2PM.
We run a homeless closet in Skagit County and maintain storage units with warm clothes, blankets, coats, shoes and boots, job interview style clothes, and small appliances. With the cold approaching we keep an eye on our homeless situation here and take warm plates of food to some of them on occasion. As there is no immediate emergency shelter here unless temperatures reach 25 degrees we also look for tents. We also accept donations of these items as well. We attend homeless connection days the county runs and pass out these items and we are on the referral list for our local Community Action. We also have a heavy focus on homeless Veterans as there are many out there and attend Veteran Stand-down days as they come with the last one being January 29 of 2011.
Pagan Harvest is our Community Education and is similar in nature to Pagan Pride days. We have many vendors, workshops, concerts, and cultural events. It will always be the first weekend of October and is 2 days, Saturday and Sunday. We have an Elders table and have our guests sit and h ave a q and a session for the visitors. We will always be looking for vendors and guests for workshops. 2012 event will be Oct 6-7 with Oberon Zell, Phaedra Bonewits, Kerr Cuhulain, DJ Conway, and Kristin Madden coming as guest speakers with music by Green Fay and Bards of the Koad. More will follow as it is always in continual changes over the next year but we will always be asking for vendors.
We also have a sponsoring Law firm, Lustick Law, located downtown Mount Vernon that is there for our needs and to assist our members when needed, they also have connections in some other states.
Forest Moon Tribe
We always look at our children as our future and Pagans are no different in that they will keep our Traditions alive. The Tribe focuses on ages 5-18 and is set on a syllabus we made which can be requested by anyone and emailed out. Tribe will always start at 2PM and the current schedule is Oct. 15, Nov 12, and Dec 10, held at Melissaís house, our Tribe coordinator. Address can be requested via email or give us a call. October will be Orientation and overview, parental forms will be filled out then and the kids will fill out a questionnaire. November will be Pagan Ethics and the Rules of Witchcraft. December will be the history and traditions of Yule and a basic Yule ritual lay-out. The new schedule will be sent out just prior to Jan 1 as we have a New Year party New Years Eve as well.
Pagan Paranormal Group
As Paganís we have a closer connection with spirits and other entities so this group is a different approach then your typical group. We meet on specific Sunday nights at 7PM also at Melissaís house. The schedule is September 25, October 16, November 6, and December 11. Again, September will be an orientation and group overview, October is the beginning of basic tools, November will be investigative paperwork, and December will be Yule ghost stories. Areas we will cover include:
Entity Identification and removal (if necessary)
House cleansings and Blessings
EVP (Electrical Voice Phenomena)
UFO Sighting and Alien Abduction
Minor Conspiracy with relation to Paranormal events
Unexplained Phenomena classified as other or unknown.
We will also take new members.
Interest has been shown in public rituals for the Sabbats and we are available to conduct celebrations although we generally celebrate in our home. Everyone on our board is Ordained as well and available for Handfastings, Handpartings, Passings-Over, Wiccanings and any other rituals needed. We offer ordainment through Forest Moon for all interested as we offer classes and donít pass it out without knowledge.
Future Events and Plans
We do have plans of being in the Mount Vernon, WA Christmas Parade so anyone who wishes to be involved with decoration ideas or walking with us let us know. It will go through downtown Mount Vernon November 27th more to follow as I get details closer to November.
We have kicked around the idea of a Faerie Faire held in the Springtime, these are ideas we have that canít happen unless we have interest shown so let us know if these are things you would love to see. We will also be attending the Witches Ball Oct 22 in Tacoma and when inquiring about a Yule Ball no one seems to know where to find one in WA State so we may be looking into getting one going as well in the next couple years. Lastly, Forest Moon will be starting up a Sanctuary here in the Skagit Valley which will, in essence, be a Pagan Eco-village for Pagans to live on. It will as many acres as we can acquire, will be off the grid as in have its own power source be it solar, wind, or hydro. We will have a community building named Valhalla with a grand room, kitchen and several class rooms for large events we may have. Originally the plan was also to have a lake or pond in the West, a fire pit in the South, an open-air stage for concerts in the East, and Valhalla would be on the North side. These are all ideas we have that one day will come to happen.
In closing I will post our HQ postal address as well as our new pay-pal address as some have been inquiring about monetary donations. Our goal for the next year is to have our own Forest Moon building and Pagan Harvest will go on the first weekend of October 2012. The plan for 5 years will be our Sanctuary.
Forest Moon Grove
1500 E. College Way Suite A
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
For those that need to know where to find Forest Moon we are at
www.forestmoon.spruz.com and our yahoo group is at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/forestmoongrove/ we are also found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=524912412#!/pages/Forest-Moon-Grove/134048249940279
and finally, for those that have been inquiring Forest Moon accepts monetary donations for our projects via paypal at firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric, Ashley, and Baby Cheyanne
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