New Year’s Greetings, I started this blast as seen below a couple weeks ago complete with 2011 calendar of events and then decided to add a reflection. This is New Year’s I know and it’s the 2nd New Year I recognize as Oct 31 is the witches New Year and I clean house then as well but I reflect in a Spiritual way rather then the mundane. Now is also a time I clean the house from top to bottom and I look at my resolutions from last year to see what I’ve accomplished and I look towards the future to see where I wish to be in another year. I invite everyone in our network to come over if your local to bring in 2011 with a firework show, and I will be doing Wheel of the Year Tarot readings and will be a potluck. I encourage you all to write your resolutions whether your coming or not as it’s a good time in your paths or walks of life to see if you are where you want to be and how you plan on getting there. Forest Moon grows stronger by the year as we take on new tasks and accomplish them expanding our scope and helping more in humanity as we also help the mundane along with our Pagan brethren. I keep a positive attitude as best I can and it helps to have my soul-mate and our baby, one can’t be in a bad mood with them by my side. On that note, enjoy the coming 2011 and see some of you here to watch it come in. Will be quite a show starting at 4PM to midnight. And I expect a good year.
January is a new adventure and many projects to continue and improve upon. Some new things we are looking at is moving into a 4 bedroom house or apartment so Forest Moon HQ office will be moving sometime in January/February time frame so we have more space and a room for Cheyanne. The garden will be bigger this year and we still have the chickens laying eggs even in winter. The farm will remain here we will just be moving our living space and may move the homeless closet to the house instead of paying storage fees of course depending on our living condition. 2010 was a very successful year for Forest Moon with our legal status coming through, the main move which we build upon even now. I have our 2011 calendar set and is here in this newsletter, it will of course, change from time to time with additions and changes but they will be updated as the time comes. We will be applying for CFC (Combined Federal Campaign) in January/Feb as well and still looking at grants to apply for. Our ultimate goal this year is to purchase a building or property to build a homeless shelter here in the Skagit Valley as there is nothing here for the homeless or less fortunate. Anyone homeless is told to go to Bellingham or Everett which is 30-40 miles in either direction and generally if you’re homeless you have no transportation to get there. We are always open to suggestions, ideas, and advice so never hesitate to email with suggestions on any area we cover or any new areas we may look at. Our first FM Tribe meeting for the kids starts in January and the Tribe and coffee calendar is listed below.
Coffee.. FM Tribe
January 8 at Norse Pantry 1200 January 22 200PM
February 5 Food Co-op in Mount Vernon 1200 February 19 200PM
March 5 Norse Pantry 1200 March 20 200PM
April 2 Food Co-op 1200 April 16 200PM
May 7 Norse Pantry 1200 May 14 200PM
June 4 Food Co-op 1200 June 21 200PM
July 2 Norse Pantry 1200 July 15-18 Camp
August 6 Food Co-op 1200 August 20 200PM
September 3 Norse Pantry 1200 September 10 200PM
October 8 Food Co-op 1200 October 22 200PM
November 5 Norse Pantry 1200
December 3 Food Co-op 1200
January 29- Homeless Veterans Stand-down Day. Christ the King church Mount Vernon, WA all-day
March 19- Spring Faire—vending fund raiser all day event at Cascade Mall Burlington WA
July 4- 4th of July BBQ/Fireworks
September 18 – Seattle Pagan Pride, FM Booth..all day event
October 1-2 -Pagan Harvest 2-day event vendors, rituals, concerts, workshops, camping and fun.
December 10- Holiday Faire Cascade Mall, Burlington WA vendors, all-day event.
December 17- FM Yule party at FM HQ open house 2-8PM.
SABBATS and Special Days
February 2 Imbolc TBA June 21 Midsummer TBA
March 7 Arbor Day August 1 Lammas TBA
March 20 Ostara TBA September 23 Mabon TBA
April 22 Earth Day October 31 Samhain TBA
May 1 Beltane TBA December 22 Yule TBA
Homeless Coalition Meetings every 2nd Tuesday/Month 200PM
Homeless Connection every Thursday 1230 at Peer Connection in Mount Vernon
Pagan Chat every Sunday night in the FM website www.forestmoon.spruz.com starting January 1 will be held at 4PM PST to accommodate our East Coast folks.
Forest Moon monthly coffee is open to everyone and is a business meeting of up-coming events and Pagan politics going on that need to be discussed.
Forest Moon Tribe is our kids group open to ages 5-18. It starts in January and there is a syllabus and parental consent forms are required for those under 18. July is our 4 day camp-out to focus on survival and living on the earth.
FM does rituals and honors all Sabbats, times and locations will be announced each month.
January 29 is the Veteran Stand-down day. It will be 9-3 at Christ the King church 2111 Riverside DR Mount Vernon, WA we will be there offering the homeless clothes,blankets, sleeping bags and tents. We have Kim a paralegal there to offer POA’s, notaries, wills and other services, Starbucks is donating boxed coffee for us, and Norse Pantry will be there with us offering a hot meal. We need donations of clothes, blankets, sleeping bags, tents, kitchen appliances, pots and pans, silverware and utensils, we do have receipts to give out for tax write-offs. The donations are given to the needy and homeless free of charge with no obligations. Tonja Cooper is our homeless coordinator and can be reached at 360-848-8515 which is also the FM HQ phone number for any of us.
March 19 is our Spring Faire at the Cascade Mall by JC Penney in the Community Room. It will be all day the hours of the mall from 10-6. I need vendors for this event and there will be a vending fee of 30$ to cover our insurance and it will be a fund raiser so I’m asking 20% of profit. Fees will be needed by February so we have advance time to pay all our fees. I also have DJ Conway potentially coming to this event for book signing and a belly dancing event, more will follow on this as we see her schedule but currently she is planning on being there.
July 4 will be a potluck and fireworks all day location TBA later
September 18 is the Seattle Pagan Pride at the Federal Way Community Center. We will have a FM booth there and see old friends as we do most years.
October 1-2 is Pagan Harvest our big event of the year and will be at the Skagit Valley Fairgrounds. There is a campground on site so anyone wishing to come both days and camp just let me know ahead of time so I can book you. It will be 2-days of vending, workshops, book signings, food and fun. Fees for booths is as follows:
Commercial 40$/day 60/both
Information 20$/day 30/both
Our guests are currently as follows: Oberon Zell, Phaedra Bonewits, Edain Mccoy, DJ Conway, Kisma Stepanich, Kerr Cuhulain, Celia, and Jane Hernishin. Any other ideas for guests let me know as the more the merrier. More information will follow as information comes out.
December 10 Holiday Faire at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, WA all details are the same as the Spring Faire as far as fees. The only difference is the hours which are from 8-8 due to christmas shopping hours.
December 17 FM Yule Party same details as 2010.
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 [email protected] . Will keep you all informed as things progress and we enjoy hearing from everyone. Hope to see everyone January 8 at Pagan Coffee.