Grace Church
Bainbridge Island
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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

Tuesdays in Lent, 6:30 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 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 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

Finance |

The Nuts & Bolts of Estate Planning estate planning
Sunday, March 21, 2 - 3:30 pm

On Sunday, March 21 at 2:00 pm, Bainbridge attorney Karen Bertram will present an interactive seminar, "The Nuts and Bolts of Estate Planning" at Grace. Karen has practiced estate law for nineteen years and is eager to discuss any questions you may have about your life plan.

Who needs an estate plan? Virtually everyone. In the absence of a will or guardian document for example, the state will assume control and may make decisions that don't reflect your wishes. If you've been putting off making a will or need help revising existing documents, please consider joining us.

RSVP to Candee Heald in our office at 842.9997,, please let her know if you need childcare during this event. Hope to see you on the 21st!

Kids Happen|

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

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

Faithful Parenting: Being Good and Doing Good

With Bill Harper and Debbie Rimkus

Sunday, March 21st, 4pm-6pm


We have spent some time exploring how to encourage a life of faith in our children, and how to keep healthy, loving relationships with our children and our partners. This month we look at "goodness". Each of us has hopes and dreams for our children. We work hard to raise children who are "good". And we try to be "good" ourselves as adults. But is being good enough? How do we teach our children to not only be good, but to go into the world and do good. We will start our afternoon in Walker Hall with some light refreshments and time to connect and then move into the Sanctuary at 4:30 for our discussion. A great group of teens and some special activities will be available for the children in the Living Room.

Debbie Rimkus, 842.9997x16,   

Parents of Teens |

wilderness brochureSummer 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
Liturgy, Music & Arts |

Left to think of a direction and a decision. So many amazing things await you in the future but its up to you to specify the avenue. Where to go and how to get there? One foot in front of the other and behold the sight at the end of the path...

~ From "A beginners guide to discovery abroad and the Awareness of Continuation."
by Alexi Fermanis

         Villa Poggio, Pam Wachtler-Fermanis
The Gallery at Grace Presents:
Artists Pamela Wachtler Fermanis

& Alex Fermanis

Artist reception

Sunday, March 21 at 10:30am

Direction, Digestion,
      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 and photographs by Alex Fermanis

image, Pamela Wachtler-Fermanis,
View from Villa Poggio, 5"X5" oil
Interfaith Music Festivalinterfaith symbols
Sunday, March 21, 3:30 pm, Bethany Lutheran

Cheer on the singers from Grace, grown-ups
and kids, as they share the music of Grace with
the greater North Kitsap faith community.

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:

Six-day backpack
             into spectacular terrain

cascade image

Summer Sojourn: Cascade Mountains    
August 22 - 27, 2010

Come to your senses.

Rely on each other.
Go someplace new.
We go at a comfortable pace.
We enjoy being there as much as getting there.
We laugh.
We practice stillness.
info: Kathy McCarthy,
$100 non-refundable deposit to the Grace office by by July 1st.
8 spaces remaining

New-to-You Sale Set for June, Help Wanted
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.
info/volunteer: Rachel, 201.3033,

Photo Directory DatesMan Ray
Please note that the updating of the photo directory
and the photo sessions have been postponed until
May 16 and 17, 2010.


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 Sunday, 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.

Outreach |

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.

Grace Garden Days.  Have you ever walked up to the Grace Garden?  This local Grace Outreach grant partner has provided hundreds of pounds of organic produce to Helpline, but requires our more direct involvement to achieve this.  Please mark Sundays March 21st & April 18th as "Grace Garden Days", when we will prepare the garden for another amazing yield of produce this year. Let's go to the garden, connect with the land and each other.  Further Garden Day details are forthcoming, but also contact Katy Wing or Colleen Austin to learn how to serve this hands-on food program!

Salish Sea Expeditions is holding A Night at the Races, their annual dinner and auction on March 20th.  This Grace grant partner provides innovative marine science education programs for children of all income levels.  Please call Salish at 206.780.7848 to learn more about supporting their efforts. 

Learn more about our Outreach programs at Grace