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 weekly eNews |October 2, 2009
Liturgy, Music & Arts  |

The Gallery at Grace
Thomas Schworer
At Moth-Hour

Visual artist Thomas Schworer offers encaustic-surfaced black and white photographs as meditations on grace and the shortening
autumnal days.

The Gallery at Grace
8595 NE Day Road
Open Tuesday-Friday 9am-2pm, Sunday 8am-noon
And by appointment. 206.842.9997

St. Francis of Assisicrow, by Annie
Blessing of the Animals
We will celebrate the gift and Grace of St. Francis of Assisi with our  annual Animal Blessing following the 9:30 service on October 4th.
 "All  Creatures" are so welcome!"

"crow" by Ann Strickland

"Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where these is hatred,
let me sow love."
- St. Francis

New Zealand rated most peaceful, U.S. 83rd
Americans pining for a peaceful existence might consider moving to New Zealand, the most peaceful nation on Earth, according to the 2009 Global Peace Index released Tuesday by an Australian-based research group that counts former President Jimmy Carter, Ted Turner and the Dalai Lama among its endorsers.

Readings on our Website
Did you know the weekly lectionary readings can be found on our website?  Each Tuesday we update the readings and psalm for your reference.
Lectionary Readings

Now and then we record our services on Sunday. We've missed a number of them over the summer, but you'll be happy to know we were able to record Bill Harper's sermon on September 9.  Listen and be opened.
Be Opened! WRH.9.06.09 Grace

Concert at Eagle Harbor
October 10, 7 pm

 "Ferry Boat Cellist" Serena Tideman, cello & piano; Takako Satoh, koto; Hanna Eady, oud, and guest Estonian poet, Ellom will play Saturday, October 10, 7 pm at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, Winslow.

While many have shared Tideman's cello virtuosity for years on the
ferries, not many know that she has performed  in such varied places
as New York, Paris and Royal Theaters in Hong Kong and Spain. Her CD
of solo compositions, "Songs from a Parallel Universe," was recorded
on the ferry KALAKALA by producer Ryan Hadlock.

A minimum $10 donation is urged. Proceeds benefit repairs of Tideman's
103 year-old cello and local non-profits. Information: (206) 842-4164.

Blue Ocean Concert
The Rain City Trio-- Ann Strickland, Scott Lawrence & Jeff Jensen --with Special guest, Barbara Hume.
Soul School |

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Money and Faith:
The Search for Enough:
An evening with  Michael Schut

October 6, 7-8:30 pm
Walker Hall, Grace Church

michael schut
How can we live with abundance in an economy based on scarcity? How does our personal history affect our use of money? Join us for an evening of discussion with Michael Schut, author of Money and Faith: The Search for Enough. Through his collection of essays by Henry Nowen, Dave Barry and others Michael Schut shares stories to cultivate deeper than the topsoil of scarcity to reveal the roots of generosity.  Michael is currently on staff of the National Episcopal Church. He brings over 14 years of service and leadership within the eco-theology/eco-justice movement including 11 years as a staff member at Earth Ministry.

Michael is the author of three books: Simpler Living, Compassionate Life: A Christian Perspective;  Food and Faith: Justice, Joy, and Daily Bread; and Money an
d Faith: The Search for Enough. These books will be available for sale and signing. We have purchased several copies for the Grace library as well.

Patty Molloy,,
Mickie Stowell

Practical Wisdom:
a Study Group with the Middletons
Sunday, October 4 after the 9:30 am service
Soul School will offer two study groups this fall, called Practical Wisdom; one will meet on Monday evenings, led by Dick Middleton, the other by Martha Middleton on Mondays during the day (time to be determined). The course is designed to address questions about real life and the way we look at the world. Join them after service today to find out more.  All are welcome.

Outreach |
Creating Communities of Caring
 by Elizabeth O'Connor  

The primary purpose of the disciplines, structures of accountability and mission of the Church is to build life together, to create liberating communities of caring. To each of us is given a gift for the building of a community of caring, a community in which we can learn to embrace our pain and to overcome all those oppressive inner structures that would keep us in bondage and make us protective and anxious for our own futures.

reprinted from "Inward/Outward,"
a blog by The Church of the Saviour, Washington, D.C.
Add your thoughts at inward/outward,

Diary of a Cheerful Giverdear diary

"How wonderful it is that no one need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."  -- Anne Frank

September 24, 2009:  Can a breakfast bar or a humble box of oatmeal really improve the world? Only if you don't have them and your children need them.

String around my finger this First Sunday, October 4, for Helpline baskets heaped to overflowing with hot and cold cereal, breakfast bars, peanut butter, hot cocoa mixes - anything a kid will eat for breakfast to get a running start on the day.

If not me, who? If not now, when?

Godly Play momsCrop Hunger Walk

Sunday, October 4.
Who gets helped? 20% of the money raised by this CROP Hunger Walk project will go to Helpline and 5% will go to Fishline. The remaining 75% will go to CWS hunger fighting programs around the world.

Thursday, October 1, 2009
Walk info and a list of participating restaurants >>Crop Walk Bainbridge Island Blog

October is Housing Resources Board appreciation Month
In celebration of the 20 years of service that the Housing Resources Board has provided to Bainbridge Island, the City of Bainbridge Island has proclaimed that October is HRB Appreciation Month.  More info at:

Grace Ning Outreach Network-
Where Faith & Action Meet

Connect with our Grace Outreach communities online. Engage in conversations, find current events, discover a place where faith and action meet.

Parents of Teens |

Change happens -
Conversations with
Parents of Teens @ Grace

October 7, 2009 and November 4, 2009  7:15 - 9pm
Please join us as we begin the second year of our Parents of Teens series. Last year there were requests for more time together so we'll be meeting 6 first Wednesdays throughout the school year.  
Sh*t happens            January 6, 2010 and February 3, 2010
Grace happens          March 3, 2010 and April 7, 2010

Parish Life  |

hymn sing

It's time to dig out those favorite Church Supper recipes and come make a joyful noise. Bring your voice and a favorite entrée, salad, side dish or dessert to share. Grace will provide beverages and a song leader extraordinaire. Ann Strickland will be here to lead us as we sing old and new favorites. Got a favorite you'd like to request? Let Annie know and she may add it to the list. Be sure and bring the kids as Ann has a special song picked out for them to learn and then come back to teach to all of us. While the kids work on their song, join in on a conversation with the Vicar. And of course there will be plenty of time to visit over the jello salads, green bean casseroles, pasta bakes, and chocolate cream pies. Can't think of a favorite to bring? Consult our own Grace in the Kitchen. Don't really sing? Not to worry, there'll be plenty of voices to lift you up. This evening is for everyone who likes good music, good food and good friends.

Welcome to Grace |

Hey, I'm New Here, Now What?
The membership committee's wants everyone to feel welcome and a part of Grace. This includes visitors, newcomers and members of Grace. In this time of homecoming it is especially important that we feel like we are returning to a place of warmth and connections. Joining a tribe or any of the numerous programs and activities Grace offers can help connect you our community. Grace also hosts a newcomers get together several times per year with the next new comers gathering happening sometime later this fall. This is an opportunity to meet other newcomers as well as members of Grace. Saying hello to anyone who is new to you each Sunday is a simple and welcoming way to feel and be a part of homecoming at Grace.

If you are interested in learning more about what we do or would like to volunteer please drop by our Welcome table during coffee hour on Sundays or contact the following folks in membership at Grace:
Membership Committee:
Judy Cozine
Welcome Table: Florrie Munat

Wondering about Tribes?
 Grace Tribes are all about connection, and one of the many ways we
  foster inclusion, service, discovery and gratitude at Grace.  Tribes
  are 8 smaller communities within our larger community, and provide
 opportunities to know one another on a personal level as well as
 getting to host church on Sunday mornings.  Joining a tribe is easy,
 and you are always welcome to do so by contacting Andy Houser, 842-9494 
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