Grace Church
Bainbridge Island
weekly eNews
Second Sunday of Lent
"Choosing Acceptance"
 February 28, 2010

Lenten Evenings

Erica Grimm Vance Liminal State

a Grace Soul School Event

A Simple Meal & Honest Conversation

Four Tuesdays in Lent, 7 pm to 8:30 pm,
Includes light supper

This year the focus of our Tuesday evenings in Lent will be: Re-Membering Grace: Believing, Belonging, Membering and Serving.These 4 evenings of presentations and conversation, lead by Bill Harper, will invite us to talk about belonging together and belonging to Grace. Whether Grace has been your home for many years, or just for a few weeks, these evenings will bring both information and inspiration. We'll learn about each other, Grace Church, the Episcopal Church, and even the Great Big, World Wide Anglican Community. We'll start each night with soup at 6:30, and the program will begin at 7 and end with Compline at 8:30.

Tuesday, March 2: Believing (in general)
Tuesday, March 9: Belonging (do I?)
Tuesday, March 16: Membering (joining? Really?)
Tuesday, March 23: Serving (believing is doing)

image: Erica Grimm Vance,
encaustice, 2000,  Liminal State

Grace Annual Meeting & Report|

annual report cover
Grace Annual Meeting
Sunday February 28, 11 am at Grace
Once a year Grace meets to help Grace Happen all year. Our annual meeting is a chance to review where we've been, announce some big changes ahead, and to celebrate those who have worked tirelessly on behalf of all of us. We will also select new leadership for our Bishop's Committee and affirm a budget for 2010. The leadership of Grace have been working overtime to help Grace continue to flourish as our income growth slows. So, please plan to attend, and help us help you support our community of Grace. Look for reports and budget material and in your regular mail,
or download here

Parents of Teens |
Race to Nowherethe documentary
Race to Nowhere

"The Race to Nowhere is another inconvenient truth. It's a wake-up call to all of us who care about children, the purpose of schools, and how we define success in American education." The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Dear Parents,

On Monday, March 1, 6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Bainbridge High School Commons, the Just Know Coalition*
is hosting a preview of the documentary
Race to Nowhere.

The film highlights the high pressure lives of our young people, the ever increasing expectations to perform and succeed at almost everything they do, and the high price we are all paying.

Cost: $12/person. To support students who attend the preview, the Coalition is working to secure scholarship funds to bring the cost of tickets for students down; watch for updates.
For more information about this film about Race to Nowhere, click on the image above or go to

*Just Know Coalition for Youth & Parents - Committed to the future of our children, we are working together to foster a vital community that encourages relevant dialogue and meaningful relationships among y
outh and adults.

Parents of Teens @ Grace:   
We're looking forward to meeting with all of you again on Wednesday March 3 at 7:15pm. We'll be continuing the conversation about that very human experience of surprise when things happen that we think shouldn't.  How do we respond to those moments? What do we think they mean? How do we manage our way through those sometimes very difficult times? 

Please come. There is something wonderful about sitting in the sanctuary and seeing all of us parents together. Just that simple.

7:15 for goodies
7:30 in sanctuary - 9/9:30 pm

Grace happens April 7, 2010 and May 5t

wilderness brochure
Summer Pilgrimage--
   Planned &  Filling Fast!

August 1 to 12, 2010 Summer Wilderness Trip
As we announced last week, our Summer Wilderness Trip is being planned, and spaces are filling.  This trip is for rising sophomores through seniors, and sign-up is first come, first served.  Please get those deposits in as soon as possible to hold the space.  Info/Registration
Kids Happen|

Teach Me to PrayBerit Ringo House of Cherub
A Conversation
for Children

March 2, 3:30-4:30 pm
March 9, 3:30-4:30 pm

For two Tuesdays in Lent, our Vicar, Bill Harper will spend an hour talking with your children about prayer. We'll talk about why we pray. About where we can pray. About how we can pray. And we'll enjoy a snack as we practice a prayer of thanksgiving.
While the children enjoy time in the Sanctuary with the Vicar, plan to stay and enjoy a tea time just for the parents. Tea sandwiches, fruit and a sweet or two will be available in the Living Room as you take time to visit with one another.
Image: Berit Ringo, House of Cherub

Hannah's Hopeful Hearts

Hannah's Hopeful Hearts
Friday, March 19, 2010, 7pm, Grace Church
In honor of Hannah Hunt, and countless other children and adults struggling with brain tumors, we are climbing mountains for a cure for brain cancer. Please plan to attend this evening at Grace to raise funds for pediatric brain tumor research at Seattle Children's Hospital. A reception and light supper will follow. For more information about this event, or to learn how you can help children with brain cancer, please visit Hannah's website: Thank you

Grace | Faith | News | ArtsGrace Faith Arts News Feb/March 2010
February/March 2010

Be sure to download your copy of our current newsletter today. Graced with another stunning cover image by current Gallery artist Pam Wachtler-Fermanis, this issue features upcoming events and programs in our Grace community. Read about our  Soul School Lenten program Tuesday evenings in March, find our Holy Week and Easter service schedules, and get info on what's happening in a variety of our ministry areas including programming for kids, teens and their parents, a workshop for estate planning and our Grant partners in Action.

The next issue deadline for submissions for our April/May issue is March 7
We welcome your news, stories, poetry and art. Please send files directly to our Communications Director, Susan Andersson:, 842.9997 x11 Thank you.

Bill's 25th Anniversary Celebration
Bills 25th annivesary celebration
Thank you all for the love and support shown last Sunday in the celebration of our Vicar Bill's 25th anniversary as a priest. This was truly a great day for Bill and for our wonderful community. If you missed Bill's "Hey All" this week, be sure to catch his gracious response to all of us.  Read Bill's "Hey All." And If you missed the event, or just want to relive the moment, you can listen to the service on our website  andview images from last Sunday online.
Earth & Spirit|

Birding Bainbridgewarbler
Saturday, February 27, 7 - 10 am
You may wish to escape south during this winter weather, but Mike McCloud refers to Bainbridge as "the Riviera for birds!"  Bundle up, bring your binocs, and come find out why.  Mike and Demi Allen will take Grace folks to special spots on the Island to listen and watch our wintertime feathered companions.  If you live or walk anywhere near the shore you'll know this is the season when our population of sea birds just offshore goes up with winter residents like Buffleheads, Widgeons, Grebes, Loons, Harlequin ducks and more. Watching birds is one of the best ways to get in touch with God's creation.  If you plan to join this expedition please let Mike, or Demi,, know in advance so that transportation can be coordinated.
Liturgy, Music & Arts |

         Villa Poggio, Pam Wachtler-Fermanis
The Gallery at Grace

March-April 2010
Pamela Wachtler-Fermanis
& Alex Fermanis

Direction, Reflection, Expression
Mother and son team up to present their images of France and Italy and perhaps a few island images as well. This exhibit features oil paintings by Pamela Wachtler-Fermanis, photographs and poetry by Alex Fermanis.

image, Pamela Wachtler-Fermanis,
View from Villa Poggio, 5"X5" oil
the gallery

Readings on our Website

Did you know the weekly lectionary readings can be foun
on our website? 
Each Tuesday we update the readings and psalm for your reference.
Lectionary Readings
Life at Grace |

Grace Women's Retreat  poster
honoring the wisdom of our bodies
in movement, silence, prayer & song

april 30-may 2, 2010
st. andrew's house, hood canal
presented by Lynn and Lee Fuller, Jen Breen,
Rev. Mary Petty Anderson,
Kathie McCarthy & Ann Strickland

$200 includes retreat, meals & lodging
scholarships available
to register:

The Nuts & Bolts
  of Estate Planning
Sunday, March 21, 2 - 3:30 pm
Local attorney Karen Bertram will present an interactive seminar on  Estate Planning at Grace in March. Karen is a Bainbridge Island resident and has worked in estate planning for nineteen years.
     Bring all your questions to this interactive seminar. Topics likely to be discussed include: wills vs. living revocable trusts, community property, probate, estate tax, durable power of attorney. Karen will explain how to make bequests, including gifts to Grace and to the Grace Endowment Fund. The event's focus will be on responsible stewardship and planning for you and your family's future. Whether you are an estate planning sophisticate or just beginning to learn about this area, you should come and be assured you will learn something new and useful. Please RVSP to Candee Heald in our office at 842.9997, Please let us know if you need childcare at this program. Thanks, and we hope to see you on the 21st!

New-to-You Sale Set for June, Help Wanted
June 11 & 12
We are looking forward to making this the best sale yet. To get started we would like to have 5 team leaders, one for each department. If you have always wanted to get more involved without taking on the whole project, here is your chance. The five departments are: Clothing; Books and Home Decor; House Wares; Electronics and Garage items; and The Kids Room. Interested? Call or email Rachel Brand to discuss where your skills will best fit. Our first organizing meeting will be on Sunday evening March 14.

Rachel, 201-3033,
Outreach |

Diary of a Cheerful Giverdiary note

"Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out." --Anton Chekhov

February 17, 2010:  I had a "taxable" day today - my soap, shampoo, toothpaste, laundry detergent and toilet tissue ran out at the same time. Sure hiked up the grocery bill.

Then I thought of a friend who's out of work and using food stamps these days. She's forbidden to buy any of those items with her food stamp money. How in the world does she manage?

Turns out that Helpline bridges the "taxables" gap for so many people who have no other way to buy these common necessities of life. So our Feb. 28 collection at Grace is focusing on those very expensive household taxables.

String around my finger: Buy extra cleaning suppplies, paper products, soaps and detergents to take to church Feb. 28.

A World of GoodA World of Good
Grace Grant Partners in Action
1st Sunday Outreach meeting. "1st Sunday" Outreach meeting.  You are invited to join the Grace Outreach Committee for our next monthly meet in the sanctuary directly following the March 7th 9:30 am service. Our discussion will include: a review of the updated 2010 Grace Outreach grant application; a Grace Garden update/planning discussion; and further discussion of how best to support Haitian relief efforts.  Please bring ideas for expanding Grace's positive impact in our community or to learn details about any planned outreach events.

Peacock Family Center's Ribbon Cutting Celebration.  Attend the formal opening of Peacock's family resource and child care center (305 Madison Ave.; behind Big Star Diner) at 11 am on Sunday, March 14.  Peacock's mission is to promote the healthy social and emotional development of children by providing nurturing child care, open play and enrichment within a community of support for parents and caregivers.  Peacock Family Center is a "community of care under one roof", whose success is in part a result of your financial support of Grace's outreach efforts.

Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers ("IVC").  Kaycie Wood from IVC will be available following the March 14, 9:30 am service for us to learn more about all the great work they do in the B.I. community. Please give her a warm welcome!

Streets of Seattle.  Join Barb McAllister, Rose Goodhue & Co. on the 7:10 pm ferry to Seattle on March 18 for the next Streets of Seattle event. This Grace tradition involves serving dinner under I-5; folks usually return on the 9PM boat.  Contact Barb at to learn more about participating in this outreach program.  

Firewood.  Do you have spare firewood on your property?  The chances are good that someone within a few miles of your house needs it.  While not environmentally ideal, many Bainbridge Islanders' sole heat supply necessarily comes from their fireplace.  Contact Mark Kruse at to learn how to most easily help keep others warm through this winter.

Learn more about our Outreach programs at Grace

Rebecca Wells to Speak at Lynnwood Theater rebecca wells
Sunday, February 28, at 4:30pm
Grace member Rebecca Wells, best-selling author of The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder, and Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, will be part of a post-screening discussion after the screening of UNDER OUR SKIN, the award-winning documentary about Lyme disease, at the Lynnwood Theater this Sunday,
February 28, at 4:30pm.  

The Seattle naturopath, Susan Marra, who treats many Lyme patients on Bainbridge will join Rebecca in answering questions and discussing Lyme disease. Rebecca and her husband, photographer Thomas Schworer, whose photographs have blessed the Gallery at Grace, both suffer from chronic Lyme disease.

A gripping tale of microbes, medicine and money, UNDER OUR SKIN exposes the hidden story of Lyme disease, one of the most controversial and fastest growing epidemics of our time.

Each year thousands go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, told that their symptoms are "all in their head." Following the stories of patients and physicians fighting for their lives and livelihoods, the film brings into focus a haunting picture of the healthcare system and a medical establishment all too willing to put profits ahead of patients.